Sagittaria latifolia Willd. - Arrowhead

Sagittaria latifolia plant

Family - Alismataceae

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Sagittaria latifolia leaves

Sagittaria latifolia leaves

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Sagittaria latifolia inflorescence

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Sagittaria latifolia flowers

Sagittaria latifolia sepalsSepals.

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Sagittaria latifolia fruitsFruits.

Flowering - June - October.

Habitat - An emergent aquatic along the margins of ponds, sloughs, ditches, slow-moving water, fens.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found scattered throughout Missouri but is absent from the farmland areas of north-central portion of the state. This is a common species in the habitats mentioned above.
Traditionally the plant was used to treat a variety of ailments. The tubers of the plant are edible and were also used in a tea to treat indigestion. A leaf tea was used to wash young children with fevers.

Photographs taken along the shores of the Current River, Shannon County, MO., 8-17-03.