27 Juni 2010

The Broad Elodea

The broad Elodea (Elodea canadensis) is a water plant in the waterkaardefamilie (Hydrocharitaceae). The species is in the second half of the 19th century ended in the Netherlands from North America and has since then rapidly verspeid. Hence the name Elodea. The plant sits on the flowers after completely submerged. The Netherlands has only female plants, which are the reproduction in the wild only asexually done.

The leaves are dark green, oblong and allow light through. Usually are formed whorls of three leaves.

The flower is white or slightly reddish and has a diameter of about 5 millimeters. There are five petals. The flowers are a slender stalk held above water. The plant blooms from May to September.

The fruit is an oval capsule that ripens under water. The smooth seeds are spindle-shaped, almost cylindrical.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brede_waterpest

See also: Sending Flowers, Online Florist

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