Common Nardoo

Species: Marsilea drummondii

weed identification

common name
Common Nardoo

Can be confused with leaves of some species of clover. Fronds clover-like with 4-leaflets up to 3cm in diameter. Native Australian aquatic plant that is not normally problematic, however can pose an issue in nutrient-rich environments


Prefers slow moving water bodies such as ponds, dams, freshwater lakes, and wetlands.

native or exotic?

Reproduces via spores. The sporocarps protect the spores during dry periods. They open readily once wet and release the spores into favourable conditions. M. drummondii displays vigorous growth, yet does not compete with other water plants.


Spores need to be submerged in water to germinate.


Common Nardoo attracts frogs to the garden, providing good breeding habitat.

What does Common Nardoo look like?

Use these images below to help you decide whether you are dealing with Common Nardoo.

Disadvantages of Common Nardoo

Full coverage of a pond or dam by Nardoo is uncommon but may cause significant problems such as:

  • Reduce oxygen diffusion
  • May shade out submerged vegetation
  • Provides breeding ground for mosquitos
  • Changes the water chemistry to favour harmful algae and bacteria


AQ200 Aquatic Herbicide + Wetting Agent – Chemical Herbicide designed to kill free floating weeds quickly. Use on mild to severe infestations.

Aquatic Weed Rake – DIY physical removal. Ideal for mild infestations, sensitive water bodies or to aid herbicide treatment.

Aquatic Harvesting – Large amphibious machine that clears the surface of floating aquatic weeds. Book this service for severe infestations or for larger water bodies.

prevention options

Aerating Fountains – Reduces the severity and likelihood of aquatic weed infestations. Use in any body of water.