There is something especially fascinating about plants that grow in the water. They are generally odd and striking. They are perhaps just out of reach, and if you cannot hire a barefooted boy, you must get a row-boat in order to secure the treasures. They look so cool and clean, and rest so quietly upon the lake's placid surface! The bright colors of the flowers mingle harmoniously with their large, undivided, or else finely cut, seaweedlike leaves - for our aquatic foliage is apt to run to one of these extremes.
We have not many aquatics. Sometimes swamp plants become aquatic, and those which generally live in water may become stranded and rooted on muddy banks.
Bur-reed (Sparganium simplex). Page 38.
(S. eurycarpum). Page 40.
(S. minimum). Page 40.
Tape Grass. Eel Grass (Valisneria spiralis). Family, Frog's-bit. The ribbon-like leaves grow 6 feet long, wholly submerged or floating at the ends. Staminate flowers break off and float on surface. Pistillate flowers grow on long stems, until they reach the surface. After pollination they coil spirally, contracting, and ripen their fruit under water. Common and well known along our shores.
Golden Club (Orontium aquaticum). Page 147.
Duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza). Page 22.
Ivy-leaved Duckweed (Lemna irisulca). Page. 22.
Pipewort (Eriocaulon articulatum). Page 42.
Pickerel-weed (Pondeteria cordata). Page 299.
Water Star-grass (H. dubia). Page 149.
Yellow Pond Lily (Nymphaea advena). Page 162.
(N. microphylla). Page 163.
Water Nymph. Water Lily (Castalia odorata). Page 68.
Sacred Bean (Nelumbo lutca). Page 163.
Water Shield (Brasenia Schreberi). Page 307.
Common White Water Crowfoot (Ranunculus aquatilis, var. capillaceous). Page 68. Stiff Water Crowfoot (R. circinatus). Page 69. Yellow Water Crowfoot (R. delphinifolius). Page 163. Water Milfoil (Myriophyllum verticillatum). Page 35. (M. scabratum). Page 323. Low Water Milfoil (M. humile). Page 324. Mermaid Weed (Proserpinaca palustris). Page 35. Listed in
Chapter X, but sometimes this is an aquatic. Water Pennywort (Hydrocotyle americana). Page 100. Often in mud beside streams. (H. umbellata). Page 100. (H. verticillata). Page 100. (Berula erecta). Page 104.
Featherfoil. Water Violet (Hottonia inflata). Page 116. Floating Heart (Nymphoides lacunosum). Page 118. Bladderwort (Utricularia inflata). Page 209. Common Bladderwort (17. vulgaris). Page 209. Purple Bladderwort (U. purpurea). Page 350. (U. resupinata). Page 351. (U. subulata). Page 209.