The Common Mare’s-Tail (Hippuris vulgaris) is an aquatic, perennial, flowering plant in the Plantaginaceae family. It is also known as Common Horse’s-Tail.
It is common across Europe, Asia, and North America.
It is a creeping, submerged plant found in shallow waters and mud flats. It grows in rhizomes. It has roots underwater, and its leaves are above the water’s surface.
There are 6-12 thin, pale-green leaves in a whorl. The leaves are up to 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) long. The stems are long, curved, and unbranched, up to 60 centimetres (24 inches) long, with about 20-30 centimetres (8-12 inches) out of the water.
The flowers are small and inconspicuous. Not every plant has flowers.
Photographed in the Botanical Garden, Paris, France, April 2023.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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