Sagittaria engelmanniana J.G. Sm.
Alismataceae (Water-Plantain Family)
USDA Symbol: SAEN
Members of the Water-Plantain Family grow in water, in swamps, on muddy banks, or occasionally in wet sand. Each plant has long-petioled leaves in a clump with a flowering stem rising among them. The flowers have 3 green sepals, 3 white or pink-tinged petals, 6 or more stamens, and several pistils. Stamens and pistils may be in separate flowers.
The species of this plant is named for George Engelmann (1809-1884) who was born in Germany and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, as a young man. He was a physician and botanist, describing especially North American Abies (Firs), Agaves, Cactus (for which he described more than 108 species), Cuscuta (Dodder), Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family), Juncus (Rushes), Juniperus (“Cedar”), Pinus (Pines), Vitis (Grapes), and Yuccas. When he died much of his collection went to Missouri Botanical Garden.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sagittaria engelmanniana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sagittaria engelmanniana in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-08-27
Research By: TWC Staff