Spatterdock leaves floating on a pond with flowers and buds held erect over the water. One heart-shaped reddish colored leaf floating untouched by surrounding leaves.
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This photograph was made at Samuel Butts Youth Archaeological Park & Recreational Trail in Daytona Beach, Florida.
A common aquatic plant of ponds, marshes and sluggish streams in nearly all of Florida with the range extending throughout the eastern United States, west to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Minnesota, plus Ontario in Canada.
The cordate-ovate leaves are 6-12 inches long either held above the water or laying on the surface. The lobes are widely divergent with a deep cleft or sinus. The yellow globular flowers are held above the water on stout pedicels. There are three outer sepals that are initially green, three yellow inner sepals, many small somewhat hidden yellow petals, several rings of stamens and a compound pistil with a flattened apex made up of 8-24 spreading stigmatic rays. Blooming occurs for months from late spring to early fall, but individual flowers are short lived. The ovoid fruit is slightly constricted towards the apex.
August 31st, 2013
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