Species of the Month August 2019

 

Frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae)

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Frogbit is a small, free-floating plant of ponds, lakes, and still or slow-flowing waterways such as canals. It looks like a mini water-lily with green, rounded, kidney-shaped leaves, and a three-petalled white flower with a yellow centre. The petals often look thin and crinkly, and can appear to be translucent in bright sunshine.  Female flowers are solitary but the male flowers grow in twos or threes.    

We have only 361 records of Frogbit at SEWBReC. You can view the known Welsh distribution of here on Aderyn. This species is featured in the Living Levels Wild Watch calendar, and more information (including a fact sheet with potential confusion species) can be found on the Living Levels website.

If you spot Frogbit during August (or at any other time of year), please send us the record, ideally via our Species of the Month form on SEWBReCORD (nb. you will need to be signed into SEWBReCORD to use this link). Instructions on how to submit records are available here.