Mare's-tail - Hippuris vulgaris


    A stiff, erect plant with a creeping, far reaching rhizome. Leaves in close whorls of 6 to 12, linear lanceolate, pointed and untoothed. Flowers are tiny, greenish with reddish anthers, borne in the axils of the upper leaves.

    Identification difficulty

    In shallow water of lakes, ponds and canals plus various other wet places.

    When to see it

    Flowers June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain, though less so in the west.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map