Mudwort - Limosella aquatica

    Description

    A low, hairless plant with creeping and rooting runners. Leaves in basal clusters, linear oblong to elliptical, often broader above the middle, untoothed and rather fleshy. Flowers white, often marked with pink, 3 mm, bell shaped, 5 lobed, solitary.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Muddy margins of lakes and reservoirs.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to October.

    Life History

    Annual, sometimes perennial.

    UK Status

    Rare and declining in England and Wales, very few localities in Scotland and Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map