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5. ) COLLECTION AND USE: The round tubers of the Arrowhead range from pea size to 1-2 in. in diameter. They were a staple food of the American I ndian and related species are cultivated in China. The tubers form at distances of up to 5 ft. from the parent plant i n late summer or early autum n and may be collected thereafter throughout the winter in regions where waters remain unfrozen. Since the tubers float, collection is relatively easy. The I ndians dug around in the mud with their bare feet and collected the tubers as they floated to the surface, but rakes, camp shovels, and stout sticks can also be used with good results.

Long. Most have soft, narrow leaves; only the Wild Leek (A. trioccum) has broad leaves, 1 -3 in. wide. Flowers range from greenish-white to pink and are borne in an umbel (a type of flower c luster that looks like an upside-down u mbrella) at the top of a naked stalk. In some species the leaves shrivel before flowers appear (notably A. trioccuml. The flowers of several species, including Wild Garlic (A. canadense), are few or absent; instead, the flower stalk bears a cluster of small bulblets (A) that are arranged like the cloves in a head of cultivated garlic.

Roots: flour; potato substitute. Sprouts: salad; cooked vegetable; pickle. Lea ves: rush mats. Cottony seeds: pillow stuffing; insulation. � � -,-c � - 40 - -- -- Water-Plantain Family ARROWH EAD Sagittaria; many species, particularly s. latifolia and s. cuneata SIZE: 1 -2 ft. high OTH E R COMMON NAMES: Swamp potato, Duck potato, Katniss, Wapato, Tule potato HABITAT: Shallow waters of ponds, swamps, and streams having rich m ud bottoms; fresh to brackish waters SEASON: Fall to spring -- 41 Arrowhead IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS: This aquatic plant gets its name from the shape of its leaves, which are distinctly 3-lobed and rise directly from the rootstock.

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