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Images by Gurcharan Singh (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

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Alisma plantago-aquatica from Gulmarg, Kashmir:  Alisma plantago-aquatica L., Sp. Pl. 342 1753.
Common names: Common water-plantain, mad dog weed
Emergent aquatic herb distinct from A. lanceolatum in its ovate-lanceolate or ovate leaves rounded or cordate at base and obtuse petals; petiole 7-30 cm long; panicle up to 55 cm long with 4-8 erect branches; flowers white, about 1 cm across; sepals elliptic-ovate, up to 3 mm long with membranous margin; petals about twice as long as sepals, claw yellow, limb white (or pink); anthers yellow; achenes 2-3 mm long, pale brown.

Photographed from Gulmarg, Kashmir, growing in roadside ditches.


It was photographed on July 25, 2011


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Request for identification of this water-associated angiosperm
Date: 15th June 2020
Time: 1018 hrs
Location- Sutlej river bank, Near Luhnu Cricket stadium, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh
Habitat- Wild, riverine
Plant Habit- Herb, growing erect on clayey soil

Close-ups in trailing mail


Flowers close up


Leaf close-up


Sagittaria trifolia L. ??


Yes it’s Resembles …


Not Sagittaria trifolia at all as per images herein.

I think it is Alisma lanceolatum With. as per images and details herein.


I don’t think this is  Alisma lanceolatum because the the leaves are not lanceolate, but sagittate (although flowers look very similar). But, I also doubt that this is Sagittaria trifolia either because, even though the leaf is sagittate, it’s not sharply arrow-like as is typical of S. trifolia (as the name Chinese Arrow-head suggests). So, I have a feeling that this could be an different species altogether.


Yes, it should be Alisma plantago-aquatica L. as per keys in Flora of Pakistan and FoC illustration.



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