Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Proserpinaca palustris L. var. crebra Fernald & Griscom image
Photographer: Robert H. Read           
Family Haloragaceae
Proserpinaca palustris L. var. crebra Fernald & Griscom
common mermaid-weed, marsh mermaid-weed
Proserpinaca: Pliny's name of Polygonum meaning "pertaining to Proserpine"
palustris: "of marshes"
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Status: Native
Plant: perennial, semi-aquatic to aquatic, often found in clones; stems with many short, dark spikes
Flower: purplish to greenish, 3-parted, small, sepals triangular; solitary to 3 together, stalkless in the axils of the emersed leaves
Fruit:1/10" wide, nut-like, not winged, sides nearly flat, 3-seeded
Leaf:alternate, submersed leaves oval to oblong and pinnately dissected
Habitat: swamps, marshes, shores, ephemeral woodland ponds
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Synonyms 
Proserpinaca palustris L. var. amblyogona Fernald

         
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