Photographer: Janice Stiefel
Menyanthes trifoliata L.
bogbean, common buckbean
Menyanthes: ancient Theophrastian name for "month" and "flower," referring to length of time it blooms
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall, fleshy aquatic|
|Flower: ||white often with a purple-tinge, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, throat coarsely hairy; inflorescence a branched, crowded cluster (cyme); blooms April-July|
|Leaf:||3-parted, basal, fleshy, hairless, on a long stalk with a wide, sheathing base|
|Habitat: ||quiet, shallow, cold water; bogs, forests, sloughs|