This is a group of plants not brought together by their scientific groupings but merely where they are found.  Aquatic plants are plants that have adapted to living in aquatic environments and often referred to as hydrophytes or sometimes aquatic macrophytes. 

Aquatic Plant - water lily

A macrophyte large plant that grows in or near water and is either emergent (sticks above the water surface) submergent, or floating. This is the flora of wetlands such as marshes, bogs and mires with ponds, streams and rivers.  This will involve a whole new set of field skills such as using a grapnel and preserving wet specimens. 

Some of the groups will be well known and showy such as the Purple Loosetrife and Yellow Flag.  Others may be more tricky to spot such as the aquatic mosses and the rather similar Pond weeds (Potomogeton spp).  These are popular courses as the nationally respected tutors are skilled in helping you to understand the critical features of this loose group of botanical marvels.  Technical terms might depend on the habitat for example you may encounter includes helophytes where the plant buds overwinter underwater or perhaps halophytes that are found in salty conditions. 

FSC run regular Aquatic Plant courses throughout the year. To learn more about Aquatic Plants and to view our courses, click the button above.

Find out about bursaries for natural history courses including aquatic plant courses.

Identification resources:

Full-colour laminated charts designed for use outside. Clear colour illustrations help you make a positive identification quickly. Small enough to take into the field – charts fold to B5 size (approx. 24 x 18 cm). Splash-proof and wipe clean
FSC Floodplain Meadows Chart
FSC Water Plants Identification Chart
FSC AIDGAP British Water Plants