Irelands aquatic plants occupy a wide range of habitats, from clear streams and lakes to brackish fens, bog pools and drainage ditches. Some Irish waterways are badly affected with agricultural and forestry run-offs causing a harmful build-up of algae. Others remain clean and oxygenated, benefitting the health of both plant and fish life.
Below are some Irish wildflowers to be found growing in streams, rivers, marshes, bogs and ponds. Waterside plants can be seen by following the link. Please hover over images for the Common and Irish name and click image for more photographs, plant details and distribution maps.
Target 10 - Managing Invasive Alien species
The aquatic plants listed below have been designated as significant invasive plants in Ireland:
Large-flowered Waterweed, Egeria densa. Canadian Waterweed, Elodea canadensis.
Nuttall's Waterweed, Elodea nuttallii. Floating Pennywort, Hydrocotyle ranunculoides.
Curly-leaved Waterweed, Lagarosiphon major. Parrots-feather, Myriophyllum aquaticum.
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