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Floating Pennywort

Hydrocotyle ranunculoides

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tiny, pale green-white, 5 petals, in umbels. Not often seen in flower.
Fruit:
Elliptical or round fruit, up to 3mm long. Flattened and lightly ribbed, divided into two halves.
Leaves:
Rounded kidney-shaped leaves, growing compactly together and densely covering the water upon which it floats. Leaf margins are smooth or scalloped with 3 to 7 lobes.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves can be eaten raw in salads. They taste similar to celery. The older leaves are tougher and therefore not very palatable.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Buttercup Pennywort, Floating Marsh-pennywort, Water Pennywort.
Habitats:
Ditches, ponds, water.