tropical America, Caribbean
Species commonly cultivated
Limnocharis flava (L.) Buchenau (Central and South America)
L. humboldtii (Rich.) Endl. (Central and South America)
Limnocharis flava is established in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Singapore, and Australia (eradicated).
Limnocharis flava is a declared prohibited weed in Florida (United States) and in Australia. Considered weedy in southern India.
Perennial or annual. Plants floating or rooted and emergent. Leaves in a rosette; petiole thick, triangular in cross-section; leaf blade lanceolate, ovate to suborbicular, venation palmate with prominent mid-vein and numerous cross-veins; base squared, rounded or cordate. Inflorescence a 2-15 flowered umbel on an elongate peduncle yet shorter than the leaves. Sepals 3, green; petals, 3 yellow; stamens numerous. Dispersal by production of numerous seeds.
shallow waters of lakes, ponds, and rivers
Limnocharis is exclusively sold as a pond plant as it is unsuitable for cultivation in aquaria. Limnocharis flava is the most commonly traded member of the genus, with L. humboldtii occasionally traded. Two other species from Central America, Limnocharis laforestii Duchass. ex Griseb. and L. emarginata Humb. & Bonpl., are not presently cultivated for ponds. Limnocharis flava is also known as puck-pai, a herb used in cooking in Thailand.