Myriophyllum spicatum - Spiked Water-milfoil

Spiked Water-milfoil

Taxonomy

Phylum: Anthophyta

Class: Equisetopsida

Order: Saxifragales

Family: Haloragaceae

There are several species of water milfoil in the rivers and streams of BVritain, but Spiked Water-milfoil is a native species while many others have been introduced. Like ranunculus, the milfoils are rooted plants and can thrive in fast flowing water; they are not normally found in ponds, lakes or canals. The two most common species to be found in the UK and Ireland are Alternate Water-milfoil, Myrophyllum alterniflorum, and Spiked Water-milfoil, Myrophyllum spicatum.

The milfoil shown here was photographed the River Teifi at Lampeter in West Wales.


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