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Search Term(s): Acorus calamus   (1 record found)

ACORACEAE
Sweetflag Family
Acorus calamus  (European sweetflag)   
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Synonym
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Carex Section
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Meaning of Scientific Name
Acorus: plant with an aromatic rhizome; calamus: reed
Life Form
Perennial Herb
Phenology (Flowering Period)
July
Physiographic Province
☑ Piedmont
☑ Coastal Plain

County Distribution
☑ New Castle
☑ Kent
☑ Sussex

Habitat
Fresh water tidal and non-tidal marshes, wet meadows
State Status
Non-native
Piedmont Status
Non-native
Coastal Plain Status
Non-native
Global Rank
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Federal Status
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Geographic Affinity
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Species at Limit of Distribution
☐ Northern
☐ Southern

North American Distribution (Non-indigenous Species)
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Coefficient of Conservatism
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Invasive
Yes
Invasive Watchlist
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Global Origin (Non-native Species)
Eurasia
Wildlife Values
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Medicinal Properties
Part used: Root. Used internally for inflammation and spasms of the gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tracts, minor hypotension, and fatigue. Topically used as a gargle for mouth and throat inflammations, toothache, and as a linament for rheumatic and neuralgic pains. Note: Banned by FDA for human consumption due to potentially carcinogenic compound.
ID Notes
Mid-rib of the leaf blade is well devloped, much more then the lateral veins.
Additional Info
This species does not produce mature fruit.
Habitats in which this plant occurs
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