Alisma lanceolatum facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsAlisma lanceolatum
Alisma lanceolatum is a species of aquatic plant in the water plantain family known by the common names lanceleaf water plantain and narrow-leaved water plantain. It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia. It is naturalized in Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, California and British Columbia. It is considered a noxious weed in some places.
It is found in mud and in fresh waters.
This is a perennial herb growing from a caudex in the water or mud. It produces lance-shaped leaves 12 to 20 centimeters long and 4 wide on long petioles; leaves which remain submerged in water are smaller and less prominently veined. The inflorescence is mostly erect and up to half a meter tall.
It is a wide array of small pink-petalled flowers, which open in the morning, from June until August. The fruit is a tiny achene up to 2 or 3 millimeters long clustered into an aggregate fruit of about 20 units.
The water plantain Alisma plantago-aquatica has acute leaf tips not tapering to a stalk.
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