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Hydrocharis morsus-ranae
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Hydrocharitaceae
Subfamily: Hydrocharitoideae
Genus: Hydrocharis
Type species
Hydrocharis morsus-ranae

Hydrocharis is a genus of aquatic plants in the family Hydrocharitaceae described as a genus by Carl Linnaeus in 1753.[1][2] It is widespread across much of Europe and Asia, plus a few scattered locations in Africa.[3][4][5] It is also reportedly naturalized in parts of North America.[6][7][8]

The best known species is Hydrocharis morsus-ranae, commonly called common or European frogbit, and occasionally water-poppy. The name "American frogbit" refers to another aquatic plant, Limnobium spongia.

Three species are recognised:


  1. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 2: 1036 in Latin
  2. ^ "Tropicos | Name - !Hydrocharis L." www.tropicos.org. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  3. ^ "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew". apps.kew.org. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  4. ^ "Hydrocharis morsus-ranae [Morso di rana]". luirig.altervista.org (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  5. ^ "Hydrocharis in Flora of China @ efloras.org". www.efloras.org. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  6. ^ "Hydrocharis in Flora of North America @ efloras.org". www.efloras.org. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  7. ^ Cook, C. D. K. and R. Lüönd. 1982. A revision of the genus Hydrocharis (Hydrocharitaceae). Aquatic Botany 14: 177--204.
  8. ^ Roberts, M. L., R. L. Stuckey, and R. S. Mitchell. 1981. Hydrocharis morsus-ranae (Hydrocharitaceae) new to the United States. Rhodora 83: 147--148.

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