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Spatterdock | by Orion 2
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The heart shaped mature leaves float on the surface of slow moving waters, in ponds, lakes and slow moving rivers. Beginning in May and lasting through to September the flowers rise on an emergent thick, green stalk above the water. After the flowers are fertilized they sink below the surface for close to ten days, when the seed head then rises above the surface of the water and explodes…broadcasting the seeds at a distance from the parent. The exploding seedpod is part of why the plants one common name is Spatter-dock!

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Taken on June 20, 2012