Heart-leaf Wild Ginger
(Arrowleaf Ginger - Little Brown Jug - Arrowleaf Heartleaf)
Hexastylis arifolia
Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort) Family

The plant is an upright perennial from a rhizome with no above-ground stem. Its preferred habitat is rich soils, shaded areas and flood plains. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are paired (two); no teeth and no lobes; consists of one whole part; triangular, heart-shaped, or arrowhead-like.

Flowers are usually in clusters of two or more arising from between the two leaves and usually hidden beneath or just barely emerged above the leaf litter; flowers are bisexual and irregular in form (less than symmetrical). Sepals are jug-shaped, three lobed, brownish to yellowish brown, no petals; twelve stamens. Flowers occur in early spring.

Fruit is a fleshy capsule.

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