Saururus L.

Saururus is a genus of two similar species, one in eastern North America and one in eastern Asia. Both are sometimes cultivated as aquatic ornamentals (Alexander 1989) but only one, Saururus cernuus, is more or less widely grown (although the other, S. chinensis (Loureiro) Baillon, was recently claimed from Slovenia; see Jogan 2013). In recent times it increasingly escapes from cultivation and then often behaves like an invasive aquatic weed.


Alexander J.C.M. (1989) Saururus. In: Walters S.M. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 3. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 407.

Brach A.R. & Xia Nian-he (2005) Species Plantarum; Flora of the World, part 11. Saururaceae. Australian Biological Resources Study: VIII + 12 p.

Buddell G.F. & Thieret J.W. (2006) Saururaceae. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee (eds.), Flora of North America, vol. 3. Oxford University Press, New York-Oxford: 37-38.

Jäger E.J., Ebel F., Hanelt P. & Müller G. (eds.) (2008) Rothmaler Band 5. Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Krautige Zier- und Nutzpflanzen. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 880 p.

Jogan N. (2013) Notulae ad floram Sloveniae, Miscellanea. Saururus chinensis (Loureiro) Baillon [S. loureiroi Decne.] - Overlooked ocurrence of Asian ephemerophyte in Slovenia. Hladnikia 32.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith