Saururus cernuus L.

Sp. Pl. 1: 341 (1753)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect aromatic herbs (scent similar to that of Lycopus australis), to 140 cm high; rhizomes long, to 20 mm diam. Stems several per node, warty near base. Leaves ovate, 2–17 cm long, 1–10 cm wide; petiole to 1–10 cm long; base cordate; apex acuminate. Inflorescence usually drooping, 5–35 cm long; rachis white; bracts white or green, 1.5–3.0 mm long, fused to pedicel. Schizocarps brown, 1.5–3 mm long, rugose. Seeds brown, smooth. Dec.-Jan.

*VVP. Native to North America. Known from a single population in Australia, growing in shallow water near the edge of artificial lake in the suburb of Broadmeadows, where first collected in 2012.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-01-27
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-07-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Magnolianae
order Piperales
family Saururaceae
genus Saururus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Saururus cernuus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Saururus cernuus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced