Australian Native Plants

  Marsilea drummondii (Common Nardoo)


Marsilea drummondii photo
Marsilea drummondii

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Marsilea drummondii photo
Common nardoo, Marsilea dummondii, on a pond in the Dandenongs

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Marsilea drummondii photo
Marsilea drummondii

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online,http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_scientific_a Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



COMMON NARDOO FACTS

distribution map showing range of Marsilea drummondii in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Common Nardoo

Description
The Common Nardoo is a small aquatic or subaquatic fern. Creeping to form mats by means of rhizomes that are often densely hairy when young and sometimes woody when older. Fronds are solitary or in clusters at the nodes on stalks (stipes) 3-30 cm long. The grey-green leaflets have a superficial appearance to clover but are 4 in number and radiate from below their junction (rather than laterally), are 5-30 mm long, and densely hairy (except when growing in deep water).

Habitat
wet mud flats, in swamps, water holes, depressions and ephemeral streams.

Distribution
Common Nardoo is found in all mainland Australian States: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria., South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.2 - 0.5
Spread (m): 0.5
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: insignificant
Flower Season:

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Polypodiopsida
Order:Marsiliales
Family:Marsileaceae
Genus:Marsilea
Species:drummondii
Common Name:Common Nardoo