Foxtail stonewort Lamprothamnium papulosum

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A simple water plant with whorls of narrow leaf-like branches along its length.

The branches, in turn, are host to tiny whorls of spines, and form dense clusters at the top of the plant, resembling bushy fox-tails.

Distribution

It can be found at several sites in the Western Isles, as well as along the south coast of England.

Habitat

It grows in sand or small pebbles in shallow ponds and pools near the sea, in slightly salty water.

Status

Classified as Nationally Scarce.

Key threats

Nutrient enrichment of the water from fertilisers is probably its main threat, but it can also be smothered by other aquatic plants.