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Interesting little plant

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#1 smilingfrog

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  • Minnesota

Posted 09 September 2016 - 02:11 AM

I found this tiny plant growing next to the dock at my family's lake cabin over Labor Day weekend.   It was growing in an area that is frequently underwater.







Another picture with a dime for scale.





A few more were growing on the other side of the dock.





I have very tentatively identified it as water star-grass Heteranthera dubia a typically aquatic plant, but if any plant folks out there think otherwise I'd be happy to hear your thoughts.  The book I was looking it up in, Wetland Plants of Minnesota, describes it as "sometimes exposed and forming small leafy rosettes".   Interestingly it also says it is sometimes used as an aquarium plant.  

I always find it fascinating how many wetland plants can take very different forms depending on whether they are growing submerged or more terrestrially.

#2 CowBoYReX

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  • Trenton, FL

Posted 09 September 2016 - 07:34 AM

I believe you are right, nice find

#3 gerald

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 01:59 PM

Yup that's what I would call it too.

Gerald Pottern
Hangin' on the Neuse
"Taxonomy is the diaper used to organize the mess of evolution into discrete packages" - M.Sandel

#4 Irate Mormon

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 08:24 PM

Too bad Laura left us.  She was my go-to source on aquatic plant ID's.

-The member currently known as Irate Mormon

#5 smilingfrog

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 02:34 AM

Thanks for the confirmations.

#6 Chasmodes

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 02:30 PM

Nice!  Looks like you have the right ID.  I'm considering adding this species to my river tank once the tank is established because it does well in current.  Anyone have experience with it?.

Kevin Wilson

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