Scientific name

Urospatha Schott

Common names




Could be confused with

Colocasia, Cyrtosperma, Dracontioides, Lasia

Native distribution

South America

Species commonly cultivated

Urospatha sagittifolia (Rudge) Schott (South America)

Adventive distribution


Weed status

not weedy


emergent plant in shallow water

Brief description

Perennial, emergent. Rhizome tuberous or spongy, horizontal. Leaves in apical rosette; petiole elongate; leaf blade large, without spines or fenestrations, sagittate, venation palmate; margin entire. Inflorescence a spadix enclosed in twisted spathe on elongate peduncle. Flowers bisexual. Fruit fleshy, producing numerous red berries. Dispersal by seed.

Natural habitat

swamps, pools, and stream banks

Additional comments

A genus containing about 20 species, only Urospatha sagittifolia is commonly cultivated for ponds, usually in warmer regions as this plant is cold sensitive.