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Parrot's Feather, Myriophyllum aquaticum


Short description of Myriophyllum aquaticum, Parrot's Feather

Parrot's feather is a much-branched aquatic plant with finely pinnately-dissected whorls of leaves, which produces emergent shoot apices up to 13 cm high, usually glaucous or pale green because of abundant glands and bearing flowers.

Description of Myriophyllum aquaticum, Parrot's Feather status in GB

M. aquaticum is a well established invasive aquatic plant that is locally abundant in lakes and ponds throughout southern England.

Habitat summary: Myriophyllum aquaticum, Parrot's Feather

In its native range M. aquaticum grows in floodplain lagoons, river backwaters, lakes, ponds, marshes, fens and ditches. In GB, it occurs in eutrophic ponds, ditches, reservoirs, canals and flooded mineral workings; it occasionally also occurs in flowing waters.

Overview table

Environment: Freshwater
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Southern America, Central America
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.17 (Lingfield)
Date of first record: 1960

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

R.V. Lansdown (edited by Kevin Walker, June 2017)

Last updated:

September 8th 2017

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