Aquatic Plants of Malaysia
(11 May 2002)
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In Malaysia most of these aquatic flowering plants are
found in ponds, ditches, lakes, dams, rivers, irrigation canals and
wet paddy fields. Due to their rapid growth, ability to constantly
regenerate and their tolerance to a wide range of environmental
conditions, some are considered weeds.
More than 15 species of these plants are edible.
Some species are harvested and used as animal fodder. Paddy farmers
increase their crop by using these plants as green manure in their
Some have medicinal value, while certain species are
used as ornaments and a source of oxygen in fish tanks and
aquariums. Some are cultivated as ornaments in ponds while others
are used to make handicrafts.
Recently, efforts have been made to rediscover the
usefulness of these plants. In the past, these plants were also
depicted as motifs in ancient architecture, art, woodwork as well as
on fabrics and tapestries.
These days most of the species, which require clean
water to flourish are being rediscovered for other beneficial uses.
They are being preserved and utilized as food for other aquatic
life, grown as ornamental and aquarium plants for the horticulture
and landscaping business as well as raw materials for the cottage
|Date of Issue
||11 May 2002
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||100mm X 70mm
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