Bog Plants: Water Clover

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Water Clover

The Water Clover is similar to any other soil-based clover plant. Bearing four leaves per stem, the Water Clover thrives submerged in water and rests just above the surface.

Leaf shapes can vary, but the general structure of the plant remains the same.

Water clover is an excellent choice for your Koi pond or wate rgarden. It is typically an evergreen plant in zones 6-10. It is some what of a “ground cover” for ponds. It will creep along the top of the water or along rocks in your waterfall. Koi and other pond fish have been know to nibble on it as well.

Marsilea is a genus of approximately 65 species of aquatic ferns of the family Marsileaceae.

These small plants are of unusual appearance and do not resemble common ferns. Common names include water clover  and four-leaf clover because the long-stalked leaves have four clover-like lobes and are either held above water or submerged.

The sporocarps of some Australian species are very drought-resistant, surviving up to 100 years in dry conditions.  On wetting, the gelatinous interior of the sporocarp swells, splitting it and releasing a worm-like mass that carries sori, eventually leading to germination of spores and fertilization

Although some are  better choices than others, many varieties of water clover are eatable – Sporocarps of some Australian species such as Marsilea drummondii are edible and have been eaten by Aborigines and early white settlers, who knew it under the name ngardu or nardoo.   Parts of Marsilea drummondii contain an enzyme which destroys thiamine (vitamin B1), leading to brain damage in sheep and horses. During floods in the Gwydir River basin 2,200 sheep died after eating nardoo. Three-quarters of the sheep that were affected did however respond to thiamine injections. Thiamine deficiency from incorrectly prepared nardoo likely resulted in the starvation of many settlers.

The leaves of Marsilea crenata are part of the East Javanese cuisine of Indonesia, especially in the city of Surabaya. It is called Pecel Semanggi and is served with spicy peanut and sweet potato sauce

resource: Wikipedia

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