Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 4:26 (1840).
Synonymy: E. americana (Pursh)Arn., Edinb. J. Nat. Geogr. Sci. 1:431 (1830) var. australiensis Benth., Fl. Aust. 1:178 (1863).
Common name: Waterwort.
Stems creeping in shallow water or on mud, sometimes forming mats up to 2 m across; leaves ovate to oblong, usually 3-10 mm long, up to 5 mm broad, larger in submerged plants.
Flowers subsessile in the axil of 1 leaf of each pair, white to pink, 1.5-2 mm diam.; sepals ovate to oblong, c. 0.7 mm long; petals orbicular to broadly ovate, larger than the sepals; stamens as long as the petals.
Capsules 1-2.5 mm diam.; seeds 0.5-0.75 mm long.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 499.
Grows in wet places and fresh water usually less than 30 cm deep.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, FR, EP, NL, MU, SL, SE. all States. New Zealand.
Flowering time: Sept. — Jan.
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