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The Lanceleaf Arrowhead, also known as Duck-potato, Wapato, and Bulltongue Arrowhead, is found throughout the southeastern United States from Delaware and Maryland to Florida and Texas. Its habitat is freshwater wetlands and is found along the edges of ponds, lakes, swamps, and wet ditches.  It is native to Florida and found through- out most of the state.

It is an aquatic plant with a tall stalk rising from a clump of lance-shaped leaves to a height of 3-4 feet. White flowers in whorls of 3 are found near the top of the stalks.  Each flower has 3 green sepals and 3 white petals surrounding a green or yellow center.  The tuber at the base of the plant is starchy and frequently eaten by ducks and muskrats.

The top image was taken at Laurel Landfill in Sarasota County.  The left and right images were taken at the Babcock-Webb WMA in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for the Lanceleaf Arrowhead are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).