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  Orontium aquaticum
From: StellrJ at aol.com on 2000.03.04 at 04:39:21(4134)
Hi, aroiders.

My last attempt to send this message disappeared into the void, so I am
trying again, and have updated it. I just wanted to make a brief report. I
am in Georgia for a few months, and have found Orontium aquaticum common
in Okefenokee. I was surprised to see every plant in bloom, since most
plants are dormant right now.

In the Suwanee Canal, they grow as emergent aquatics, under a Cyrilla
racemiflora canopy with some bald-cypress. Regular "house fly" type flies
are the apparent pollinators. On the Chesser "Prairie," actually a shallow
lake, they also grow as energent aquatics, and are one of three codominant
species, the other two being Nymphaea sp. and Utricularia sp. I was unable
to see the pollinator here.

Since I will be in Okefenokee several times over these next months, I
will continue watching the plants; hopefully, I will see at least the
beginning of fruit development. How long does it generally take?

Jason Hernandez

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