nOrontiumone species of aquatic plant: golden club
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
norontiumA genus of monocotyledonous plants of the order Araceæ, belonging to the suborder Pothoideæ and the tribe Symplocarpeæ, allied to the skunk-cabbage. It is chiefly distinguished by the remote sheathing spathe and one-celled ovary. There is but one species, O. aquaticum, the goldenclub, which grows on the margins of ponds and rivers of the United States near the Atlantic. It bears velvety dark-green elliptical leaves, floating or raised on stout stalks from a rootstock descending into the mud. Its small flowers are crowded on a long curving spadix, rising 6 to 12 inches from the water, colored successively yellow, white, and green.
Its ancient name was the 'Naro,' and it is also called by Constantine Porphyrogenitus 'Orontium.