Family: Menyanthaceae (Dum.) Dum.
Menyanthes trifoliata

Menyanthes trifoliata

Distribution: Eurasian and Northern American species – Europe, Asia, North America.
Habitat: It grows in marshes, bogs, fens, from lowlands to mountains.
Description: A perennial herb with a thick rhizome, 15–30 cm high, the stem is erect, leafless. The basal leaves with long petioles are trifoliate, obovate. The flowers in dense raceme, corollas broadly funnel-shaped, white or pinkish. Flowers from May to June.
Use: An remedy for stomach disorders. The leaf used to be soaked in alcohol.
Endangering and Protection: The Bogbean is a protected plant in some countries (CZ, SK).
Menyanthes trifoliata
Menyanthes trifoliata
These images were taken in the Czech Republic and Italy (dates 19. 5. 2003, 12. 6. 2005 and spring 2006).