Water Ribbons, Common Water-ribbons, Nareli, Swamp Arrowgrass.
Presence in Australia
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Most freshwater situations in water to 2m deep, including muddy billabongs, soaks, flooded hollows, sluggish rivers and fast-flowing mountain streams.
Robust rhizomatous emergent perennial aquatic with tuberous roots, semi-erect or floating leaves, and tall greenish cylindrical flower/seed spike.
Late Jan to late May. Monitor closely as mature seeds shed in 3-14 days. Fruit consist of 6 elongated chambers 5-10 mm long, which eventually separate and fall.
From seed or transplants. Seeds germinate readily in shallow water in autumn.
Useful in dams.
Habitat for waterbirds and fish.
Kooris roasted and pounded the edible starchy tubers.