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Elatine gratioloides

Waterwort

Prostrate annual herb either forming small mats in mud or erect stems when submerged.

Additional information

  • FamilyElatinaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate x 0.15-1 m
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesPairs of bright green egg-shaped to oblong leaves 2-5 mm x 1-3 mm, submerged leaves larger to 15 mm x 6 mm.
  • Flower colourGreen or pink
  • Flowering timePeaking September to January
  • FlowersSingle flower per pair of leaves.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsWet mud beside water areas or still to slow-moving water to 1 m deep. Full sun.
  • Garden usePonds, bog gardens which remain moist, aquariums.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1 Murray Fagg © Australian National Botanic Garden; 2 Damien Cook ©

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