Wildflower Spotlight: Scheuchzeria
Scheuchzeria is an endangered species of Ohio that is a family all its own.
Those who have tried to classify it initially included it in the Arrowgrass family (Juncaginaceae), but since it had fruit and flowered, it was considered to be more lily like. So they let it be its own thing.
It can be found blooming June & July mainly in bogs and fens across northern North America, Europe, and Asia.
It has long rope-like rhizomes and is one of the most common bog plants in Finland!
If you were to squeeze the fruits (not recommended) they would produce a chlorine like scent much like a swimming pool.
It tends to float along with the sphagnum mounds thanks to its long air-filled rhizomes. Pollination occurs by wind, that's why the flowers are not very bright or showy and its anthers are held at the end of long filaments.
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