Baldellia ranunculoides

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Lesser water-plantain
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Alismataceae
Genus: Baldellia
Species: B. ranunculoides
Binomial name
Baldellia ranunculoides
(L.) Parl.
Synonyms [1]
  • Alisma ranunculoides L.
  • Echinodorus ranunculoides (L.) Engelm. ex Asch.

Baldellia ranunculoides, the lesser water-plantain,[2] is a species of flowering plant in the family Alismataceae.

Description[edit]

Baldellia ranunculoides is an aquatic plant which produced erect flowering stems that rise up to 10 centimetres (4 in) above the water surface.[3] Each flower stalk bears one or two umbels of up to five flowers each, and often only a single flower. Each flower is 10–15 millimetres (0.4–0.6 in) in diameter, and has three petals.[3] When not in flower, B. ranunculoides can be mistaken for lesser spearwort, Ranunculus flammula, which grows in similar locations.[3]

Distribution[edit]

Baldellia ranunculoides is found along the Atlantic and Baltic coast of western and northern Europe, and along the Mediterranean coasts of southern Europe, Turkey and North Africa.[4][5][6] Recently found in eastern Newfoundland, Bristol´s Hope barachois, Avalon Peninsula, the only location in North America. May have been introduced by a float plane (Sarracenia magazine, Newfoundland and Labrador Wildflower Society.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flocksvalting, Baldellia ranunculoides (L.) Parl.". Den virtuella floran. Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet. March 5, 1999. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ a b c Carl Farmer (2003). "Lesser water-plantain, Baldellia ranunculoides". West Highland Flora. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lesser water-plantain (Baldellia ranunculoides)". ARKive. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  6. ^ "Baldellia ranunculoides [Mestolaccia minore]". luirig.altervista.org (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-01-26. 

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