Damasonium minus

Star Fruit

Annual tufted emergent herb

Additional information

  • FamilyAlismataceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 0.5 m high
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesNarrowly egg-shaped leaves 1.5-10 cm x 1-40 mm on long stalks either floating or emergent, standing erect. Leaf base is straight.
  • Flower colourGreen-white to pink
  • Flowering timeOctober to July
  • FlowersTerminal bunches of tiny flowers in 1 or more distant rings of 3-12 flowers, on flowering stems above the leaves. Fruit is star-shaped with 6-10 triangular sections. Long flowering.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsAquatic or semi-aquatic in shallow water of swamps and lakes. Full sun, semi shade. Very limited distribution within the Shire.
  • Garden usePonds, where it can become perennial forming large colonies.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known only from the Yellingbo area. Scattered in Victoria, especially along the Murray River.
  • Related speciesSimilar to Alisma plantago-aquatica which is more common. Alisma has broader leaves which are tapered at the base. Fruit has rounded sections like a mandarin.
Photographer/s: Richard Hartland ©

Plant Communities

  • 47 Open Water - Reservoirs, lakes, etc (EVC 718)
  • 35 Floodplain Wetland Complex (EVC 172)
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