Bogbean - Menyanthes trifoliata

    Description

    Almost hairless aquatic or semi aquatic plant reaching to 30 cm, and with stout creeping runners. Leaves trifoliate, with oval or diamond shaped untoothed leaflets held above water on long stalks. Flowers pink outside, whitish inside 14 to 16 mm starry shaped, the petals fringed with long whitish hairs. Borne in long racemes.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Shallow water or semi-aquatic in fens and bogs.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but not very common in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map