Bog Bean
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Bog Bean
P Native Photo: Shakir Ahmad
Common name: Bog Bean, Buckbean, Buck-bean
Botanical name: Menyanthes trifoliata    Family: Menyanthaceae (Bogpea family)
Synonyms: Menyanthes paradoxa, Menyanthes verna, Menyanthes latifolia

Bog Bean is an emergent aquatic perennial 15-30 cm, that typically grows in shallow water in pond and lake margins and in bogs. It has three, shiny, oval leaflets, up to 10 cm long, clumped at ground level. The white, five-petaled flowers are in an elongate cluster at the top of a single flowering stalk. The upper surface of the flower petals are covered with curved, white hairs. Bog Bean is widely spread throughout the Subarctic & Temperate Northern Hemisphere. In India it is found in Western Himalaya at altitudes of 400-3600 m.

Identification credit: Shakir Ahmad Photographed in Ganderbal, Kashmir.

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