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The European Frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) is a freshwater, aquatic flowering plant in the Hydrocharitaceae family. 

It is native to Europe and parts of Asia.

It is a free-floating plant that looks like a small water lily. The leaves are kidney-shaped about 1-6 centimetres (half to 2 inches) long.

The roots hang down into the water, but they do not usually touch the bottom of the pond, stream, or water source.

The small, white flowers have three petals and yellow centres. 

The fruit is dry and splits open when ripe.

The European Frogbit blooms from June to August in the Northern Hemisphere.

Photographed at the Paris Botanical Garden, France, August 2022.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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