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  •  Yes, Wapato is another name . . (2+ / 0-)
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    burnt out, Polly Syllabic

    . . for members of the Sagittaria genus.
    Sagittaria sagittifolia is native to Eurasia.  The round tuber is edible. In China, it is known as cigu (literally "benevolent mushroom"), and its tuber is eaten particularly on the Chinese New Year. It tastes bland, with a starchy texture, similar to a potato but somewhat crunchier, even when cooked.

    Seven new ent-rosane diterpenoids and a new labdane diterpene were recently (2006) purified from the Chinese medicinal plant, Sagittaria sagittifolia (Alismaceae). Four of these compounds (Sagittine A–D) exhibited antibacterial activity against Streptococcus mutans and Actinomyces naeslundii.

    I'll try to post some pictures of the ponds, maybe even do a diary.  Right now, I'm so busy gardening that photography is a mere afterthought.

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