Water Milfoil


Water Milfoil, Myriophyllum, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Floating herb at Lake Baringo, Rift Valley, Kiserian, Kenya, Africa. October 2016.

As can be seen in the photo, the water in Lake Baringo is very turbid. As a result submerged plants would not get sufficient light, giving an advantage to floating plants. Milfoils float because their long stems enclose channels filled with air/gas. Milfoils superficially resemble seaweeds and algae which are non-vascular, non-flowering plants.

Haloragaceae -- Watermilfoil Family

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Kenya Natural History

Michael J. Plagens, Created on 23 Jan. 2017.