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Common Marestail

Hippuris vulgaris

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Pink, no petals
 
The inconspicuous flowers of Marestail are minute and petalless. They are pink and form at the bases of the leaves.
Fruit:
A tiny, ovoid, green nut. Each nut contains 1 seed.
Leaves:
An unbranched, erect perennial waterweed which grows in still or slow flowing water. Most of the plant is submerged beneath the water. The strap-shaped leaves are in whorls of 6 to 12. Marestail has been semantically confused with Horsetails but they are two different plants altogether.
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Other Names:
Bottlebrush, Cat-tail, Joint Weed, Paddock Piper, Witch's Milk.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Habitats:
Bogs, ditches, marshes, ponds, swamps, water, waterside.