Elatine hexandra - Six-stamened Waterwort
The aquatic, Nationally Scarce, Six-stamened Waterwort grows in the shallower water at the edge of freshwater lakes such as Loe Pool (SW62M, 1983, A.J.Byfield), Dozmary Pool (SX17X, 1988, R.J.Murphy) and the Abbey Pool, Tresco (SV81X, 1978, J.Roberts). It has also been found in reservoirs, such as Drift (SW42J, 1980, R.J.Murphy) and Siblyback (SX27G, 1990, M.Atkinson). It has not yet been seen in Colliford Reservoir, but may well colonise it from Dozmary Pool. Elatine hexandra was discovered in the basal sediments of a core from Dozmary Pool (Brown, 1977), which indicates it has probably been present at this site for more than 10,000 years.
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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.