Index- plants in this Family
Alismataceae / Arrowhead
Awl-leaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria subulata)
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial.
Leaves: This plant has basal leaves only. Each long narrow leaf is entire and sometimes become slightly wider toward the tip. They float but do not rise above the surface of the water.
Flowers: The flowers have 3 Regular Parts. They are white. Blooms first appear in mid summer and continue into mid fall. The flowers are usually just above the surface of the water
Habitat: Shallow water and marshes usually near the coast.
Range: Near the coast from Massachusetts south to Florida and west to Alabama and the state of Washington .

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Common in shallow waters near the coast this plant may bloom throughout the winter in spring fed streams of Florida.

Similar Species: The flowers of the many species or Arrowhead are quiet similar and indeed a close examination to the fruits may be required to determine species. All other species have a pronounced arrowhead shape to the leaves or at least a wide blade tip.



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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316- 60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflowers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Liliopsida
Monocots / One Seed Leaf
|Subclass

Arrowhead
||Family
Alismataceae
Arrowhead
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Sagittaria

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