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Floating pennywort

Hydrocotyle ranunculoides

Floating pennywort is a water-plant, growing in and/or out of still or slowly moving fresh water. Leaves are divided, but together make a half-circle (similar to a human kidney in appearance).

Growing rapidly, pennywort rapidly chokes waterways, forming mats that may need to be removed with earth-moving equipment (e.g. JCBs). At present, pennywort is currently restricted in distribution, principally in the southeast of England, but also northwest England and Wales: crucially, it is spreading quickly.

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Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Source: GBNNSS, with thanks to British Waterways.

Source: GBNNSS, with thanks to British Waterways.

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