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Marsilea drummondii - A.Braun.

Common Name Common Nardoo, Nardoo
Family Marsileaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Growing in mud and shallow water in the montane zone, spreading widely in all mainland states[154].
Range Australia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Wet Soil Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Marsilea drummondii Common Nardoo, Nardoo


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Marsilea drummondii is a FERN growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Spores - cooked[144]. A source of starch, the spores can be ground into a powder and used like flour[154]. They are astringent and highly indigestible[154]. The spores are contained in a sporocarp[154].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Plants are hardy to about -7°c in Australian gardens[157], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters[K].

Propagation

Spores. The plant produces sporocarps, these need to be lightly abraded and then immersed in water. The sporocarps will then swell and burst to release the spores. The spores germinate immediately, the highly developed prothallus remains inside the large seed-like spores. The gametophyte generation is completed in 24 hours and the first roots and shoots appear in 2 - 3 days. Mature plants bearing sporocarps can develop in as little as 3 months[200]. Spore germination in the family occurs after rupture of the sporocarp wall allows the sporocarp contents to be hydrated. A gelatinous structure emerges from the sporocarp, breaking it into valves and carrying the sori into the water. Spore germination (gametophyte growth) and fertilization occur immediately[270]. Division.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Marsilea muticaNardoo, Australian Water-Clover10
Marsilea quadrifoliaWater Clover, European waterclover12

 

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A.Braun.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

Peter Macinnis   Thu Aug 12 22:02:46 2004

In Australia, we know the plant best as nardoo, a food used by the ill-fated and ill-prepared explorers, Burke and Wills, who were introduced to it by friendly Aborigines. They died, poor chaps, though one of their party survived.

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