In the deep south, you will find arrow-arum growing all over the swamps. I often see ducks and other waterbirds moving about and taking cover around its tall leaves.
There are not many animals that eat arrow-arum, but it is a favorite of a few.
Mammals that eat arrow-arum
Waterbirds that eat arrow-arum
- Wood ducks
- Black ducks
Why do animals eat arrow-arum?
Animals eat arrow-arum because the flowers, leaves, and seeds provide good nutrients. Ducks can feed on it while they are safe from predators.
Nutrients found in arrow-arum
Arrow-arum has a diverse range in terms of food value and medicine. It contains high amounts of fiber with trace elements such as iron, calcium, zinc, and potassium.
Characteristics of arrow-arum
Arrow arum is a tall (2-3 m) herbaceous plant with large arrow shaped leaves. It has male and female flowers that are enjoyed by animals in their diet.
Where does it grow naturally in the wild
Arrow-arum grows naturally around water. It grows in the eastern United States and Canada. It is especially prevalent in the swamps of the south.
I have been through swamps in Florida and Louisiana. Through my observations, arrow-arum grows all over the swamps in shaded areas that receive partial sunlight. Egrets like to hunt for their food around arrow-arum.