Frogbit

©Lizzie Wilberforce

Frogbit

Enw gwyddonol: Hydrocharis morsus-ranae
Frogbit looks like a mini water-lily as it floats on the surface of ponds, lakes and still waterways. It offers shelter to tadpoles, fish and dragonfly larve.

Species information

Ystadegau

Height: 5cm
Spread: 20cm

Statws cadwraethol

Classified as Vulnerable on the Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain.

Pryd i'w gweld

July to August

Ynghylch

Frogbit is an attractive aquatic plant that floats on the surface of ponds, lakes and still waterways. Looking like a small water-lily, it is in bloom during July and August. In the winter, it becomes dormant and its buds are buried in the mud at the bottom of the pond. When it grows back, it provides shelter for tadpoles, small fish and dragonfly larvae.

Sut i'w hadnabod

Frogbit has rosettes of small, kidney-shaped leaves that surround a three-petalled, white flower with a yellow centre. The petals look thin and crumpled, and are often tinged with brown underneath.

Dosbarthiad

Found in England and Wales.

Roeddech chi yn gwybod?

Frogbit is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but was introduced into Canada in the 1930s and has become an invasive pest, especially around the Great Lakes of North America which border Canada.

Sut y gall bobl helpu

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