Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

  Potamogeton pusillus L. image
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Paul Skawinski

Paul Skawinski

Paul Skawinski
Family Potamogetonaceae
Potamogeton pusillus L.
slender pondweed, small pondweed
Potamogeton: from Greek potamos, "a river," and geiton, "a neighbor," because of the habitat
pusillus: very small
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Status: Native
Plant: perennial, submersed aquatic, slender flower stalk; stems slender to 5' long branching often at ends; slight rhizomes
Flower: green-brown, small, Many winter buds which have tightly rolled inner leaves; inflorescence spike of 1-4 whorls
Fruit:oval, plump, dry seed with a smooth back and a short beak
Leaf:alternate, entire, with prominent midvein; stemless, linear with pair of glands where meet the stem; 3 veins; blunt point; none floating
Habitat: water from shallow to 10' deep
Notes: stipules membrane-like disintegrating through season. Tolerates turbid water.

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Potamogeton list Google- Images or Text

Flora of North America (off site)
(for other synonyms - see the subspecies)
Potamogeton lateralis auct. pro parte, non Morong

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