Ovate Floating Leaves
Hair-like Structures on tops of leaves
Free floating aquatic
fern, made up of pairs of oval leaves, green to brown leaves up to 1 ½”
long, that are connected by a horizontal stem. The top of each leaf
has many tiny hair-like structures, that split then rejoin at the tips
to form an egg beater-like structure. Beneath the water at each node
is a dissected leaf which looks like and functions as a root.
Infertile, hairy,sporocarps about 1 mm in diameter hang below the roots
in long straight chains.
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