West Highland Flora

Lesser Water-plantain


Baldellia ranunculoides

 

Baldellia ranunculoides

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jul 2003 Suardal, Skye
Flower 13 mm across

Rare in burns and edges of lochs

Flower diameter c 10-15 mm.  Flower stalks up to 10 cm.

ID: Flowers 3-petalled, in a single whorl or at most two whorls, not several whorls up the main stem.  Stems upright and emergent, not floating except when due to rising water levels or a fast current.  Floating Water-plantain has less than 5 flowers per "whorl", often just one.

Other features: Usually has a single whorl, or umbel, of up to 20 long-stalked flowers spreading out irregularly in all directions.  In the fruiting stage can easily be mistaken for the totally unrelated Lesser Spearwort, which often grows with it.  But the way the many long fruiting stalks all arise from the same point make this plant easy to recognise.

 

Baldellia ranunculoides

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jul 2003 Suardal, Skye
Flower 13 mm across

  Baldellia ranunculoides

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jul 2003 Suardal, Skye

 

Baldellia ranunculoides

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Jul 2003 Suardal, Skye

 

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