- Monochoria hastata is a perennial aquatic herbaceous plant native to temperate and tropical Asia and Northern Australia. Plant size, leaf shape, and flower number in M. hastata are highly dependent on the amount of water available. It has a well-developed, branching rhizome and plants may be connected by stolons. M. hastata can grow from 12-40 in. (30-100 cm) tall.
- Leaves of mature M. hastata have a hastate base and acuminate tips. They have long sheathlike petioles.
- The blue to purple flowers of M. hastata are held on spikelike racemes. There can be from 15-60 flowers per raceme.
- Fruits are ellipsoid 3-valved capsules about 0.4 in. (1 cm) long. The numerous oblong seeds have 8-12 longitudinal ribs.
- Ecological Threat
- Monochoria hastata is listed as a Federal Noxious Weed. It grows in rice fields and other shallow bodies of water.
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