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A plant adapted to grow in water.
hy′dro·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
(Plants) a plant that grows only in water or very moist soil
hydrophytic, hydrophytous adj
a plant that grows in water or very moist ground; an aquatic plant.
hy`dro•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.
A plant that grows wholly or partly submerged in water. The lotus, water lily, and cattail are hydrophytes.
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|Noun||1.||hydrophyte - a plant that grows partly or wholly in water whether rooted in the mud, as a lotus, or floating without anchorage, as the water hyacinth|
hornwort - any aquatic plant of the genus Ceratophyllum; forms submerged masses in ponds and slow-flowing streams
water lily - an aquatic plant of the family Nymphaeaceae
Ranunculus aquatilis, water buttercup, water crowfoot - plant of ponds and slow streams having submerged and floating leaves and white flowers; Europe and North America
cryptocoryne, water trumpet - any plant of the genus Cryptocoryne; evergreen perennials growing in fresh or brackish water; tropical Asia
golden club, Orontium aquaticum - aquatic plant of the southeastern United States having blue-green leaves and a spadix resembling a club covered with tiny yellow flowers
arrow arum - an aquatic plant of the genus Peltandra; North America
pistia, Pistia stratiotes, Pistia stratoites, water cabbage, water lettuce - pantropical floating plant forming a rosette of wedge-shaped leaves; a widespread weed in rivers and lakes
duckweed - any small or minute aquatic plant of the family Lemnaceae that float on or near the surface of shallow ponds
awlwort, Subularia aquatica - small aquatic plant having tufted awl-shaped leaves in a basal rosette and minute white flowers; circumboreal
water pimpernel - a white-flowered aquatic plant of the genus Samolus
water milfoil - an aquatic plant of the genus Myriophyllum having feathery underwater leaves and small inconspicuous flowers
water chestnut, water chestnut plant, caltrop - a plant of the genus Trapa bearing spiny four-pronged edible nutlike fruits
bog myrtle, bogbean, buckbean, marsh trefoil, Menyanthes trifoliata, water shamrock - perennial plant of Europe and America having racemes of white or purplish flowers and intensely bitter trifoliate leaves; often rooting at water margin and spreading across the surface
Eriocaulon aquaticum, pipewort - aquatic perennial of North America and Ireland and Hebrides having translucent green leaves in a basal spiral and dense buttonlike racemes of minute white flowers
pickerel weed, pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, wampee - American plant having spikes of blue flowers and growing in shallow water of streams and ponds
Eichhornia crassipes, Eichhornia spesiosa, water hyacinth, water orchid - a tropical floating aquatic plant having spikes of large blue flowers; troublesome in clogging waterways especially in southern United States
Heteranthera dubia, mud plantain, water star grass - grassy-leaved North American aquatic plant with yellow star-shaped blossoms
naiad, water nymph - submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers; of fresh or brackish water
frogbit, frog's-bit, Hydrocharis morsus-ranae - European floating plant with roundish heart-shaped leaves and white flowers
hydrilla, Hydrilla verticillata - submersed plant with whorled lanceolate leaves and solitary axillary flowers; Old World plant naturalized in southern United States and clogging Florida's waterways
American frogbit, Limnodium spongia - American plant with roundish heart-shaped or kidney-shaped leaves; usually rooted in muddy bottoms of ponds and ditches
waterweed - a weedy aquatic plant of genus Elodea
tape grass, Vallisneria spiralis, wild celery, eelgrass - submerged aquatic plant with ribbonlike leaves; Old World and Australia
pondweed - any of several submerged or floating freshwater perennial aquatic weeds belonging to the family Potamogetonaceae
eelgrass, grass wrack, sea wrack, Zostera marina - submerged marine plant with very long narrow leaves found in abundance along North Atlantic coasts
water starwort - any of several aquatic plants having a star-shaped rosette of floating leaves; America, Europe and Asia
Veronica anagallis-aquatica, Veronica michauxii, water speedwell - plant of wet places in Eurasia and America
tracheophyte, vascular plant - green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
pad - the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily)