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Dictionary Definition

buckbean 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, bogbean, 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.
buckbean in Bulgarian: Горчивче
buckbean in Catalan: Trèvol d'aigua
buckbean in Czech: Vachta trojlistá
buckbean in Danish: Almindelig Bukkeblad
buckbean in German: Fieberklee
buckbean in Estonian: Ubaleht
buckbean in Spanish: Menyanthes trifoliata
buckbean in French: Trèfle d’eau
buckbean in Upper Sorbian: Třiłopješkaty kózlik
buckbean in Lithuanian: Trilapis puplaiškis
buckbean in Dutch: Waterdrieblad
buckbean in Japanese: ミツガシワ
buckbean in Norwegian: Bukkeblad
buckbean in Polish: Bobrek (roślina)
buckbean in Northern Sami: Muoskkáš
buckbean in Finnish: Raate
buckbean in Swedish: Vattenklöver
buckbean in Turkish: Su yoncası
buckbean in Ukrainian: Бобівник трилистий
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