Water-plantain - Alisma plantago-aquatica

Alternative names
Common Water-plantain
Description

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
Habitat

Slow moving fresh water.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Perennial.

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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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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