Floating Water-plantain in Britain – Under-recorded and Overlooked?

Popular field guides depict Floating Water-plantain, Luronium natans, as a delicate floating-leaved plant with distinctive, oval leaves and dainty, white flowers. In reality, much of the British population consists of inconspicuous, submerged plants, with rosettes of unremarkable, grassy leaves. In this form, the plant occurs in lakes, rivers, canals and pools, often at some depth.