|Water Plantain photos|
|Scientific Name:||Alisma plantago-aquatica|
Water Plantain plant
Photo: A J Brown
A native of Europe, western Asia and northern and central Africa. Also considered native to Australia.
An emergent aquatic, perennial herb with ovate to oblong-elliptic, leaves to 28 cm long and 10 cm wide, on 1.5-1 cm wide, leaf stalks to 80 cm long with semi-transparent, membranous wings at their bases.
Flower-heads erect and panicle-like with flowers arranged in one to several successive whorls; each whorl of 3-8 flowers and each flower subtended by a bract. Flowers consist of perianth segments of which the 3 outer are green and the 3 inner white or pale pink. Fruit are one-seeded achenes (nutlets), 2-2.5 mm long, clustered into 18-20 fruited aggregates.
Common in central Victoria and Gippsland, scattered elsewhere in fresh-water creeks, lakes and swamps.