Limosella aquatica

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Limosella aquatica
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Genus: Limosella
L. aquatica
Binomial name
Limosella aquatica

Limosella aquatica is a widespread species of flowering plant in the figwort family known by the common name water mudwort. It is native to much of the temperate world, where it grows in many types of wet habitat. It is semiaquatic, growing in moist land habitat such as meadows, in mud and wet sand next to water, and partly submersed or floating in the water. It is a fleshy annual herb forming low tufts in muddy substrate. The leaf is made up of a petiole up to 30 centimetres (12 in) long but usually quite a bit shorter, tipped with a flat spoon-shaped blade up to 3 cm (1.2 in) long. The inflorescence is an erect stalk bearing one tiny white to pink- or blue-tinted flower about 2 millimetres (0.08 in) wide. The fruit is a capsule up to 5 mm (0.20 in) wide containing many tiny seeds.


  1. ^ Akhani, H. (2014). "Limosella aquatica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T164098A63310286. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-2.RLTS.T164098A63310286.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.

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