Ornduffia reniformis

Running Marsh-flower

Erect tufted perennial herb suckering along stems to 2m.

Additional information

  • SynonymVillarsia reniformis
  • FamilyMenyanthaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.4 m x 0.5-1 m; flowering stem to 1.3 m
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesErect or floating leaves, shiny green round or kidney-shaped 3-8 cm long, paler or purplish below, base heart-shaped; basal leaves on stalks to 68 cm long depending on water depth. Leaves on plants stranded by receding water similar in colour, base less heart-shaped.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeOctober to March
  • FlowersErect open branched flowerhead at the end of long flower stalk. Open flowers 19-43 mm wide with broad entire or scalloped lobes, styles the same length in all flowers.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsStill fresh water to 60 cm deep in permanent swamps dying back when water recedes. May be found in temporarily flooded depressions. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive water plant for shallow dams and pools.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesLiparophyllum, which is closely related, is generally in shallower water and flowers earlier. Styles are different lengths.
Photographer/s: 1, 2, 5 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Cathy Powers ©; 4 Richard Hartland ©

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