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Hippuris tetraphylla

Hippuris tetraphylla L. f.

Fourleaf Mare's-tail

Hippuridaceae (Mare's-Tail Family)



USDA Native Status: AK (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Emergent aquatic, stems up to about 18 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous.


Canada: BC , MB , NL , NT , NU , ON , QC , YT
Native Habitat: Fresh Water Aquatic

Growing Conditions

Aquatic: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hippuris tetraphylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hippuris tetraphylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hippuris tetraphylla


Record Modified: 2022-11-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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