Jan. 19, 2018

goldenclub, Orontium aquaticum

Goldenclub is a strange one from the swamps. It's in the same family with jack-in-the-pulpit and calla lilies, but lacks the bract around the flower spike. The spikes are bisexual at the base, female higher up. The golden color is sufficient to attract pollinators in the absence of petals or colored bracts. The spikes have a faint musty aroma, evident only when you have many together. I wonder if the aroma helps insects navigate to the landing area, and the color provides landing lights for their final touch down. Goldenclub grows in shallow water in AL, CT(S), DE, FL, GA, KY(T), LA, MA(E), MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY(T), PA(R), RI(T), SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Hidden Lake Gardens, Lenawee Co MI, 1/18/18.