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Alismataceae (Water Plantain)
Whorls of tiny pale lilac flowers loosely clustered on tall leafless stems. 3 green sepals and 3 ragged-edged white petals, sometimes pinkish or purplish.
Clusters of one-seeded nutlets (achenes), up to 2.5cm in length.
The majority of the leaves are above the surface of the water but there are some submerged leaves. Very long stalked, up to 25cm. The untoothed leaves are oval with cordate bases.
All parts of the plant are poisonous but the toxins can be destroyed by heating, or drying the plant. The milky sap may cause skin irritation in some people.
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.
American Water Plantain, Asian Water Plantain, European Water-plantain, Mad-dog Weed, Water Alisma, Water Plantain.
Ditches, marshes, ponds, water, wetland.