Common name: Waterwort
Elatine gratioloides A.Cunn. APNI*
Description: Aquatic annual with erect stems when submerged, prostrate when on wet mud, rooting from lower nodes.
Leaves opposite, to 15 mm long and 5 mm wide, margins with minute glands terminating the lateral veins; shortly petiolate with 2 small stipules that fall early.
Flowers 1 per leaf pair. Sepals 3, minute. Petals 3, c. 1 mm long, pink. Stamens 3. Ovary 3-locular; styles 3.
Capsule 1–3 mm diam. with a terminal depression; seeds 0.5–0.7 mm long with ± hexagonal pits.
Distribution and occurrence: in or on the margins of stationary or slow-flowing water to c. 40 cm deep.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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