Stratiotes aloides

The water-soldier, Stratiotes aloides L., is an aquatic vascular plant of the family Hydrocharitaceae. Stratiotes aloides L is found floating in summer and submerged in winter. 

Stratiotes aloides L leaves are very similar to pineapple leaves.

It is found in England and parts of Europe as far south as Turkey, and east to Siberia.

Species detail

  • Stratiotes aloides
    Taxonomy

    The water-soldier is a perennial aquatic plant with short-lived flowers. But how would you identify it?

  • Stratiotes aloides
    Distribution

    Stratiotes aloides is native to England and parts of Europe. Discover where you might spot it.

  • Stratiotes aloides
    Biology

    The water soldier hibernates in sediment during the winter and reproduces asexually. Find out more.

  • Stratiotes aloides
    Conservation

    Find out why this species is declining in Britain.

Images

Stratiotes aloides

Stratiotes aloides.

© Jorge Salgado
Stratiotes aloides

Stratiotes aloides.

© Jorge Salgado
Stratiotes aloides

Stratiotes aloides.

© Jorge Salgado
Author

J Salagado 

PhD Student, Department of Botany

A word from the author

'I chose the water soldier because it is an astonishing freshwater species with a unique architecture that used to be common in Europe and the UK and is now restricted to just a few areas. As a consequence it is vital for the survival of this species that people learn more about it and what is causing its decline.'

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