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Lesser Water-plantain

Baldellia ranunculoides

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Alismatales
Family:
Alismataceae (Water Plantain)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Water, wetland.

Flower:
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White, 3 petals
 
Each flower is about 1 to 1.5cm in diameter and is white or pale lilac. Flower stalks have one or two umbels and each contains up to 5 flowers.
Fruit:
The buttercup-like fruit is green and globular.
Leaves:
A perennial aquatic species with submerged strap-like leaves and long, narrow airborne leaves. Long-stalked. Usually found growing in still, shallow, peaty, fresh water.
Aroma:
The leaves smell of coriander when crushed.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

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