Orontium aquaticum L.
Golden Club, Floating Arum, Never-wets, Tawkin
Golden club is native to the eastern United States, found in ponds, streams, and shallow lakes.
Plants: These unusual-looking aquatic plants are hard to mistake. Plants grow in shallow water or float in deeper water, reaching 12-24" (30-60 cm) in height above the water line. They are emersed—rooting underwater, but otherwise above the water line.
Flowers: Gold-colored flowers appear at the tips of long, white, naked, erect spadixes. The yellow tips are fertile regions. Flowers themselves are tiny, also yellow, appearing from Apr-Jun.
Fruits: Green flesy berries.
Edibility: Poisonous . All parts of the plant are poisonous. Symptoms include burning and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat; and nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Contact with cell sap may cause skin irritation. Seeds and roots are edible with careful preparation and proper harvesting time.
Orontium aquaticum on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site
Orontium aquaticum on plants.ces.ncsu.edu
Orontium aquaticum at the University of Florida IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Orontium aquaticum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Orontium aquaticum on www.cumauriceriver.org
Orontium aquaticum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Jan 2019.