Marsilea CrenataMarsilea crenata is one of the most common ferns found in Southeast Asia. Its leaves look like four-leaf clovers, and thus where it got its name, though it is unrelated to actual clover. The plant itself grows mostly underwater, but occasionally on land. When underwater, the leaves grow outwards from a central stem, while when on land they grow from the base. The leaves are a deep green color and have a glaucous appearance to them. Marsilea crenata has an ellipsoid-shaped sporocarp that is found on stalks attached to the petiole of its leaflets.
Marsilea crenata is found in Southeast Asia, namely Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It is also found in Sri Lanka. Marsilea crenata grows mostly underwater almost exclusively on flat ground near ponds or slow-moving rivers. Occasionally it can be seen growing on land where its roots have access to water.
The sporocarp is the ellipsoid shape and is on stalks attached to the petiole of its leaflets.
Marsilea crenata holds no agricultural or medicinal purpose. It is used as an ornamental plant in aquariums. Marsilea crenata can also be used as groundcover for ponds or shallow standing water, but only in areas where it can be contained as it will grow nearly anywhere, there is water.
Marsilea crenata is an aquatic plant, but can also grow on land. It grows in slow-moving rivers or standing water ponds. The leaves are deep green with a glaucous appearance and look like four-leaf clovers. It has an ellipsoid sporocarp that only grows when attached to the petiole of the plant's leaflets. It has no known agriculture or medicine purposes. Marsilea crenata is used as an ornamental plant in aquariums and can also be used as groundcover for ponds or shallow standing water, but only in areas where it can be contained since this fern will grow nearly anywhere there is water.
In Southeast Asia, Marsilea crenata is eaten as a delicacy. In India and Sri Lanka it also has medicinal properties to help combat diabetes, however, this information needs further verification by the scientific community. The sporocarp of Marsilea crenata is edible and has a sour taste to it. The sporocarp can be eaten raw or cooked, however, in some areas of the world, there have been reported cases of poisoning from eating Marsilea crenata. More research needs to be done in this area.