Water-plantain - Alisma plantago-aquatica

    Alternative names
    Common Water-plantain

    Medium to tall plant, leaves lanceolate to oval, pointed, with a truncate, or rather heart shaped base, stalked, mostly aerial. Flowers white with three petals, sometimes with a purplish tinge, small 6 to 10 mm, styles erect.

    Similar Species

    Alisma lanceolatum

    Identification difficulty

    Slow moving fresh water.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and frequent in much of Britain but rather rare in parts of the north.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 306 of the 617 tetrads.

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