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A water plant that floats on top of the water, attached by a stem to roots under the mud below. The flower looks like a shower-head with nuts inside the holes. These nuts are a great food source when ripe. Flowers, seeds, young leaves, stem and roots can be eaten raw or cooked. The root is difficult to get to because it’s buried under the mud under the water. Because it’s a water plant, there is the possibility of parasites on the plant, so cooking is often recommended.