Hydrocharis morsus ranae, small flowered aquatic plant

Hydrocharis morsus ranae  also known as Frog Bite or European Frog . It belongs to the Hydrocharitaceae family. It is native to Europe, which was introduced to North America at the beginning of this century.

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Characteristics of the Hydrocharis morsus ranae

Small waterlily , herbaceous, emergent and stoloniferous. The roots are creepers that float to the surface.

The leaves are petiolate, kidney-shaped, fleshy, of a bright green color that float on the water.

The flowers are small and white in color that are produced throughout the summer. It has 3 petals with a yellow center that measure up to 2.5 cm in diameter.

The seeds are about 1mm in size.

Hydrocharis morsus ranae care

An attractive-looking aquatic plant  that is used as an ornamental in gardens.

It is also recommended for shallow ponds, with a good layer of soil at the bottom that will provide nutrients.

A good way to maintain an optimal condition is to use filters so that the water is in good condition.

Although it is a perennial specimen  , the ideal is to keep it protected from excessive cold, since it does not withstand frost.

In it a good quantity of insects are deposited that serves as food. In addition, by providing shade, it prevents the development of algae and serves as a refuge for fish.

It spreads easily by separating newborn plants. It can even be placed in a container about 20 cm deep.

Like many perennial hydrophytes, it has vegetative multiplication through buds and reserve organs.

In the spring and summer, the plant manufactures and develops the reserve organs. In the fall it comes off the plant and after rubbing for a period, it falls to the bottom of the pond.

At the end of winter, they become active, grow, and give rise to new plants.

What do you think of this beautiful specimen? Did you know about it? If so, be sure to tell us all about it.

Images courtesy of: Dr Mary Gillham Archive P… ., Dr Mary Gillham

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