Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Callitriche palustris L. image
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Kurt Stüber

Paul Skawinski
Family Callitrichaceae
Callitriche palustris L.
common water-starwort, vernal water-starwort
Callitriche: from the Greek calos, "beautiful," and trichos, "hair," because of the beautiful stems
palustris: "of marshes"
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Status: Native
Plant: annual, submersed aquatic with tips of the shoots floating or forming mats in mud, less than 9" long; stems fine; roots shallow
Flower: 2-parted, minute, in the leaf axils
Fruit:longer-than-wide capsule with narrow wings and shallow groovesfruit drawing
Leaf:opposite, denser toward the tip of the stem, ribbon-like, pale green, smooth edges; when on the water surface, they form a rosette of spatulate leaves up to 1/4" wide
Habitat: springs, quiet water; in muddy, sandy soil
Notes: differing from C. heterophylla mainly in the fruit shape and edges
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Callitriche palustris L. var. verna (L.) Fenley ex Jeps.
Callitriche verna L.

         
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