One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aquatic or marshland plant of north temperate regions, with leaves that resemble those of plantains and a tall stem bearing numerous pink flowers.
Genus Alisma, family Alismataceae
- ‘Wetland communities include, in addition to stands of soft-stem bulrush, very marshy areas with water plantain and broad-leaved arrowhead, two closely related species whose flowers have three white petals.’
- ‘Willows are shown at the back of the picture with white flowered water plantains, and pink flowered great willow herb in the foreground.’
- ‘Some of the species you should keep an eye out for are cattails, bulrushes, cordgrass, sphagnum moss, bald cypress, willows, mangroves, sedges, rushes, arrowheads, and water plantains.’
- ‘For example, cattails, bulrushes, cordgrass, sphagnum moss, bald cypress, willows, mangroves, sedges, rushes, arrowheads, and water plantains usually occur in wetlands.’
- ‘Plants and animal species at risk included sphagnum mosses at Moorthwaite Moss, and vendace fish and floating water plantain at Bassenthwaite.’
- ‘The name is misleading, since this is not a member of the rush family, but a distant relative of water plantains and water soldier.’
- ‘Encourage research into the effects of acidification of water bodies on the survival of floating water plantain by establishing a series of submerged fixed-point sample plots.’
- ‘He may favor a floating leaf of water plantain (which is plentiful in our creek).’
- ‘It is advisable to plant the water plantains behind smaller plants even if they appear smaller at the time of installation.’
- ‘The emergent plants are cattails, bulrushes, and water plantains.’
- ‘Plants such as bur-reeds, water plantains, and arrow-heads are examples of rooted-floating plants.’
- ‘This is perhaps the prettiest of the water plantains.’
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