E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Marsilea vestita Hook. & Grev.
hairy water-clover (hairy waterclover)
Marsileaceae (Water-clover family)

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Species Information

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Semi-terrestrial perennial with leaves arising in small clusters from a thin creeping rhizome.
With 4 rounded segments (leaflets), resembling a 4-leaved clover; individual leaflets rounded or wedge-shaped elliptical, 0.5-3 cm long and about as wide, submerged or floating on the water surface, or in terrestrial plants standing on thread-like stipes.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Inundated lake margins in the steppe and montane zones; rare in SC BC; E to SK and S to FL, LA, TX, NM, AZ, CA and MX.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Marsilea fournieri C. Chr.
Marsilea minuta L.
Marsilea mucronata A. Braun
Marsilea tenuifolia Engelm. ex A. Braun
Marsilea uncinata A. Braun
Marsilea vestita subsp. tenuifolia (Engelm. ex A. Braun) D.M. Johnson
Marsilea vestita subsp. vestita Hook. & Grev. [superfluous autonym]
Marsilea vestita var. mucronata (A. Braun) Baker

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