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Saururus cernuus (lizard's tail; lizards tail)

Synonyms: Mattuschkia aquatica; Saururus lucidus
Language: French

Wikipedia Abstract

Saururus cernuus (lizard's tail, water-dragon, swamp root) is a medicinal and ornamental plant native to eastern North America. It grows in wet areas or shallow water, and can be up to about a meter tall. The native range covers much of the eastern United States, as far west as eastern Texas and Kansas, south to Florida, and north to Michigan and New York state, slightly into Ontario.
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Height [1]  20 inches (0.5 m)
Width [1]  12 inches (0.3 m)
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Scent [1]  The flowers are fragrant;
Structure [2]  Herb
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Appalachian Piedmont United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    
Central & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Byelarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    
Laurentian Great Lakes Canada, United States Nearctic Large Lakes    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area National Recreation Area V 120283 Kentucky, Tennessee, United States
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge VI 16363 Delaware, United States
Carolinian-South Atlantic Biosphere Reserve 310228 North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, United States      
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Hist. Park National Historical Park V 19586 Maryland, District of Columbia, United States
Colonial National Historic Park National Historical Park V 9316 Virginia, United States
Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge   Puerto Rico, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
George Washington Birthplace National Monument V 435 Virginia, United States
George Washington Memorial Parkway V   Virginia, United States
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge VI 3161 New Jersey, United States
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park VI 715 West Virginia, United States
Hobcaw Barony (North Inlet) National Estuarine Research Reserve 7585 South Carolina, United States
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park V 1926 Alabama, United States
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore II 8272 Indiana, United States
Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge VI 28351 Louisiana, United States
Little St. Simons Island   Georgia, United States
Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve (Natn'l Park) National Park II 51235 Kentucky, United States
Moores Creek National Battlefield III 100 North Carolina, United States
New River Gorge National River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 55591 West Virginia, United States
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
Obed Wild and Scenic River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 5268 Tennessee, United States
Oconee National Forest Botanical Reserve 306 Georgia, United States  
Petersburg National Battlefield III 3338 Virginia, United States
Point Pelee National Park II 5764 Ontario, Canada
Richmond National Battlefield Park III 1517 Virginia, United States
Santee Coastal Reserve and Washo Reserve State Habitat Area IV 20850 South Carolina, United States  
Shiloh National Military Park III 4061 Tennessee, United States
South Atlantic Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 20317 South Carolina, United States  
Tennessee River Gorge   Tennessee, United States
Upper Miss. River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge VI 25823 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Valley Forge National Historical Park VI 3509 Pennsylvania, United States



Apis mellifera (honey bee)[3]
Bombus fervidus (Golden northern bumble bee)[3]
Parapamea buffaloensis[4]
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)[3]
Lymnaea stagnalis (swamp lymnaea)[3]


Pollinated by 
Apis mellifera (honey bee)[3]


Shelter for 
Aedes albopictus (forest day mosquito)[3]
Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)[3]
Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamander)[3]
Ameiurus natalis (Yellow bullhead)[3]
Anax junius (green darner)[3]
Aquarius remigis (Common water strider)[3]
Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)[3]
Calopteryx maculata (Ebony jewelwing)[3]
Castor canadensis (american beaver)[3]
Charadrius vociferus (Killdeer)[3]
Cyprinus carpio (Common carp)[3]
Dolomedes triton (Six-spottedfishingspider)[3]
Etheostoma olmstedi (Tessellated darter)[3]
Eurycea guttolineata (Three-lined Salamander)[3]
Gambusia holbrooki (Bore-drain fish)[3]
Geothlypis trichas (Common Yellowthroat)[3]
Ischnura posita (Fragile forktail)[3]
Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri (Aquatic worm)[3]
Lithobates catesbeianus (American Bullfrog)[3]
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)[3]
Macrobdella decora (Freshwater leech)[3]
Micropterus salmoides (Northern largemouth bass)[3]
Nerodia sipedon (Northern Water Snake)[3]
Notophthalmus viridescens (Eastern Newt)[3]
Ondatra zibethicus (muskrat)[3]
Pomoxis nigromaculatus (Strawberry bass)[3]
Procotyla fluviatilis (Flatworm)[3]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[3]
Thamnophis sirtalis (Common Garter Snake)[3]
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)[3]
Lymnaea stagnalis (swamp lymnaea)[3]


North America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access