Marsilea crenata

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Foreground, ground cover
See also: Marsilea spp.

Habit, plant type:

  • rhizome or creeping stem
  • fern
Botanical name [?]: Marsílea crenáta C. Presl

Major group (unranked): Ferns (Monilophytes)
Order: Salviniales
Family: Marsileaceae
Genus: Marsilea


Marsilea crenata is a widely-spread water clover distributed in South-East Asia and Australia (Northern Territory, northern and central-eastern Queensland). It is found in shallow water and on drying-out mud, amongst others in rice paddies.
M. crenata cannot be clearly discerned from Marsilea minuta, and might even belong to that species (Nagalingum & al. 2007).

In trade, you often see the names M. crenata, M. hirsuta, M. exarata, M. drummondii and M. quadrifolia, however, it is not sure whether the respective plant was identified correctly. Most species of the genus Marsilea can only safely be identified in their emersed form by means of their sporocarps (spore-containing fruit).
Please see Marsilea spp.

References and further reading:
  1. Nagalingum, N. S., H. Schneider, H. & Pryer, K. M. (2007): Molecular phylogenetic relationships and morphological evolution in the heterosporous fern genus Marsilea. - Syst. Bot 32 (1):16–25.
Propagation: Runners, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: unknown

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: forms a small-leaved carpet

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