Peltandra virginica

Common Names: Green arrow arum, tuckahoe
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Arum family

An aquatic plant. An individual leaf may have a petiole nearly a meter long and a blade half a meter in length. The leaves are quite variable in shape and size, but they are often generally arrowhead-shaped. The inflorescence bears male and female flowers, as well as sterile flowers. The flower varies from whitish to greenish to yellow. The fruit is a brown berry containing a few seeds within a clear gelatinous pulp.

Found in wetlands and near ponds.

Edible Notes: Native Americans used most parts of the plant for food, however, cooking it for hours first to make it safe to eat. Not recommended. The raw, unprocessed plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, making it unpalatable.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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