One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of bogs and shallow water which has creeping rhizomes, three-lobed leaves, and hairy white or pinkish flowers.
Menyanthes trifoliata, family MenyanthaceaeAlso called buckbean
- ‘In spring and summer, early and southern marsh orchids vie with marsh peas and bogbeans for the flower lover's attention.’
- ‘Pharmacological and chemical studies of the bogbean have been carried out at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy of Uppsala University.’
- ‘The bogbean is a northern marsh herb occurring in North America as far south as Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and California.’
- ‘In the lochans, there are species of rush, spearwort, water lobelia, and bogbeans.’
- ‘A 1602 visitor to New England, where they were also called bogbeans, said they were ‘as big as eggs, as good as Potatoes, and 40 on a string, not two inches under ground.’’
- ‘In the Yorkshire Dales National Park places where bogbean can be seen include the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve.’
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