Lesser Water-Plantain - Baldellia ranunculoides


This plant has white flowers, sometimes tinged with pale pink or pale lilac.  Each flower has three dainty petals with rough, ragged edges and fairly short sepals. Flowers are typically 12 to 16 mm across. The seeds are rather like those of buttercups. Leaves are in a basal rosette, lanceolate, tapered at both ends and stalked.

Identification difficulty

Bare muddy edges of freshwater bodies such as pools and ponds.

When to see it

Flowers May to October.

Life History

Perennial herb.

UK Status

Fairly widespread but quite local in Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon and restricted in range in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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