Photographer: Paul Skawinski
Elodea canadensis Michx.
Canadian waterweed, common waterweed
Elodea: Greek elodes for "marsh"
canadensis: of or referring to Canada
|Plant: ||drooping/tangling, perennial, submersed aquatic, flowers floating; branched stems to 40"; roots shallow|
|Flower: ||white, 3-to 6-parted (clawed) female flowers small, waxy; rare male flowers in long, thin spathe, stay on the stalk when mature; male and female flowers on separate plants|
|Leaf:||linear to lance-like, bright green, stalkless, firm and flat; denser toward the top of the stem; 2-3 per whorl|
|Habitat: ||quiet water; in fine sediment soil|