Alisma plantago-aquatica


Images by Gurcharan Singh (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

Alisma plantago-aquatica from Gulmarg, Kashmir:  Alisma plantago-aquatica L., Sp. Pl. 342 1753.
Common names: Common water-plantain, mad dog weed
Emergent aquatic herb distinct from A. lanceolatum in its ovate-lanceolate or ovate leaves rounded or cordate at base and obtuse petals; petiole 7-30 cm long; panicle up to 55 cm long with 4-8 erect branches; flowers white, about 1 cm across; sepals elliptic-ovate, up to 3 mm long with membranous margin; petals about twice as long as sepals, claw yellow, limb white (or pink); anthers yellow; achenes 2-3 mm long, pale brown.
Photographed from Gulmarg, Kashmir, growing in roadside ditches.

It was photographed on July 25, 2011