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January 2022 Mystery Plant

January 2022 Mystery Plant -- leaf

January 2022 Mystery Plant-- spathe

January 2022 Mystery Plant -- seed head

top: Katja Schulz, CC BY-NC 2.0, via

2nd photo: Cathy DeWitt CC BY-NC 4.0, via

Third photo: CourtesyAlan Cressler,
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Bottom photo: Nelson CC BY-NC 4.0, via

The mystery plant for January 2022
is an aquatic perennial.
It can be found
in wetlands and marshes
from Maine to Minnesota
and south to Florida. 
It grows in clumps of
long petioled (12-24 inches)
basal leaves which have
arrowhead-shaped blades
growing 6-20 inches long
and 5-12 inches wide. 
The leaves are
smooth along the margins. 
In northern areas
the plants are deciduous
but along the Gulf Coast
they are evergreen.
The flowers grow in a spike
along a small crowded spadix. 
The inflorescence is 3-6" in length.
It has tiny flowers
which are arranged
along a cylindrical spadix
 surrounded by a narrow spathe.
The inflorescence is 4-8" long. 

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what this mystery plant is.

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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Lily Collyer
Marissa Caponi
Kathy Fallow
Erin Foley
Ciara Frawley
Emma Fritz
Mariya Furtado
Chloé Gilligan
Megan Graff
Isabella Harris
Noa-Kate Hensley
Kathleen Horner
Melissa Hughes
Lauren Jacobs
Pat Laprade
Alexa McDaniel
Wendy Miller
Mary O'Connor
Nolan O'Donnell
Rachel Partney
Diane Stacy
Meghan Stepka