One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American bog plant with long tapering spikes of fragrant white flowers.
Saururus cernuus, family Saururaceae
- ‘The three groups of paleoherbs are Aristolochiales (birthwort, Dutchman's pipe), Piperales (pepper vine, lizard's tails), and Nymphaeales (lotus, waterlilies).’
- ‘Broad-leaved arrowhead and lizard's tail are found where the water is deepest, while skunk cabbage, with its huge leaves, lines the perimeter of the fen.’
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