Girish Mahajan

Crassula helmsii

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Crassulaceae
Scientific name  Crassula helmsii
Rank  Species
Order  Saxifragales
Genus  Crassula
Higher classification  Pigmyweeds
Crassula helmsii New Zealand Pigmyweed Crassula helmsii NatureSpot
Similar  Pigmyweeds, Hydrocotyle ranunculoides, Myriophyllum aquaticum, Lagarosiphon major, Elodea nuttallii

Identification of new zealand pigmy weed crassula helmsii an invasive aquatic plant in ireland


Crassula helmsii, known as swamp stonecrop or New Zealand pigmyweed, is an aquatic or semiterrestrial species of succulent plant in the family Crassulaceae. Originally found in Australia and New Zealand, it has been introduced around the world. In the United Kingdom, this plant is one of five introduced aquatic plants which were banned from sale from April 2014. This is the first ban of its kind in the country.

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Identification of new zealand pigmy weed crassula helmsii an invasive aquatic plant in ireland


Description

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The shoots are rather stiff, carrying narrow parallel-sided leaves in opposite pairs, each leaf being about 4–24 millimetres (0.16–0.94 in). Small white flowers with four petals are produced in summer on long stalks arising from the upper leaf axils. The flowers are always above water.

Ecological aspects

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The plant grows on the muddy margins of ponds where it forms carpets with 100% cover, or semi-submerged in deeper water, or totally submerged with elongated stems. It does not die back in winter.

Cultivation

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C. helmsii is able to grow fully submerged in a cool water aquarium or as a submersed or marginal plant in a pond. Once established it can grow vigorously and may need to be trimmed back. Schedule 9 of the UK Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 lists this plant as one that cannot be caused to grow in the wild.

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References

Crassula helmsii Wikipedia


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