One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A creeping grasslike aquatic fern which has slender shoots with small globular spore-producing bodies at their bases, growing on the muddy margins of ponds and lakes in western Europe.
Pilularia globulifera, family Marsileaceae
- ‘Austral Pillwort is at first appearance a very unfern-like, semi-aquatic fern, resembling more a small fine grass.’
- ‘In Cumbria we are looking for volunteers to help carry out a survey for two unusual Back from the Brink rarities - marsh clubmoss and pillwort.’
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