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Peltandra sagittifolia - (Michx.)Morong.

Common Name White Arrow Arum
Family Araceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards The plant is rich in calcium oxylate, this is toxic and if consumed makes the mouth and digestive tract feel as though hundreds of tiny needles are being stuck into it. However, calcium oxylate is easily destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant[95].
Habitats Non-alluvial swamps, especially on acid soils[72], and in shallow water at the edges of ponds[1].
Range South-eastern N. America - North Carolina to Florida.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun
Peltandra sagittifolia White Arrow Arum


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Peltandra sagittifolia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to June. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

P. alba. Raf. P. glauca. (Ell.)Feay.

Habitats

 Pond; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - must be well cooked in order to destroy an acrimonious principle, see the notes above on toxicity[95]. The root contains much farinaceous material[1, 105, 161] and can weigh up to 2.7 kilos each[95]. Fruit[105]. No more details but caution is advised - see the notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a wet lime-free humus-rich soil by the side of water or in shallow still or slowly flowing water in a sunny position[200]. Plants are best grown in clumps[1].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in late summer in pots of soil that are submerged to their rims in water[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in trays of water in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Stem cuttings rooted in wet mud in the summer[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(Michx.)Morong.

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Readers comment

Ol   Mon Apr 18 23:18:24 2005

In your catagory, "other possible synonyms", you have listed, "P. virginica ssp.", as a possible synonym for Peltandra sagittifolia.

Peltandra virginica isn't a synonym for Peltandra sagittifolia. The two are separate and distinct species. Same genera, but different species.

See: Classification data: courtesy of USDA, National Resources Conservation Service, National Plant Data Center, PLANTS DATABAS, (http://plants.usda.gov/index.html).

Thanks for all your efforts. Some of us appreciate what you do. All the best. [email protected]

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