AskDefine | Define bogbean

Dictionary Definition

bogbean n : perennial plant of Europe and America having racemes of white or purplish flowers and intensely bitter trifoliate leaves; often rooting at water margin and spreading across the surface [syn: water shamrock, buckbean, bog myrtle, marsh trefoil, Menyanthes trifoliata]

Extensive Definition

Menyanthes is a monotypic genus of flowering plant in the family Menyanthaceae. The name Menyanthes comes from the Greek words menyein, meaning "disclosing", and anthos, meaning "flower", in reference to the sequential opening of flowers on the inflorescence.
Menyanthes trifoliata is characterized by a horizontal rhizome with alternate, trifoliate leaves. The inflorescence is an erect raceme of white flowers.
Menyanthes trifoliata occurs in bogs and marshes in Asia, Europe, and North America. The North American form is often referred to as M. trifoliata var. minor Michx. It is known in English by the common names bog-bean and buckbean, and in German as Bitterklee or Fieberklee.
bogbean in Bulgarian: Горчивче
bogbean in Catalan: Trèvol d'aigua
bogbean in Czech: Vachta trojlistá
bogbean in Danish: Almindelig Bukkeblad
bogbean in German: Fieberklee
bogbean in Estonian: Ubaleht
bogbean in Spanish: Menyanthes trifoliata
bogbean in French: Trèfle d’eau
bogbean in Upper Sorbian: Třiłopješkaty kózlik
bogbean in Lithuanian: Trilapis puplaiškis
bogbean in Dutch: Waterdrieblad
bogbean in Japanese: ミツガシワ
bogbean in Norwegian: Bukkeblad
bogbean in Polish: Bobrek (roślina)
bogbean in Northern Sami: Muoskkáš
bogbean in Finnish: Raate
bogbean in Swedish: Vattenklöver
bogbean in Turkish: Su yoncası
bogbean in Ukrainian: Бобівник трилистий
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