Flowers: perfect; solitary. Perianth: salver-shaped, of six equal divisions that terminate in the tube. Stamens: three. Pistil: one. Leaves: submerged; grass-like. Stem: two to three feet long; branching; floating; and rooted at the lower joints.
When we notice these small, bright flowers as they come to the surface of some stream, we are reminded of a little waif that has strayed far from home. The plant is one that is rather uncommon.