Lizard's Tail - Water Dragon
Saururus cernuus - Linnaeus
Saururaceae (Lizard's Tail) Family


Plant is an upright, hairy perennial with a rhizome. Preferred habitat is wet ditches, lowlands, and edge of streams and lakes. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate, consisting of one part, stalked, lance shaped to nearly triangular; no teeth and no lobes; tapering to a sharp point and forming an angle to the left; slightly pinched; base is heart-shaped and attached to stem between lobes.

Flowers are solitary clusters that arise on a stalk opposite a leaf. Each flower is bisexual in nature. There are no sepals and no petals. There will be three to seven stamens. Color is creamy white. Flowers occur in the spring and early summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

Lizard’s Tail is mostly a southern species of shaded marshes and stream margins. The common name and the genus name is from the Greek, saurus (lizard), and oura (tail); describing the drooping flower cluster.

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