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Potamogeton pusillus
SMALL PONDWEED

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Family: PotamogetonaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: PONDWEED FAMILY
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, aquatic, (generally fresh to alkaline), glabrous, from rhizomes, tubers, or winter buds. Stem: erect, simple to branched, cylindric to compressed, rooting at lower nodes; nodal glands present or not. Leaf: simple, cauline, alternate or in subopposite pairs; submersed thread-like to round, sessile or petioled; floating present or not, elliptic to ovate, petioled, leathery; sheath open, continuous with petiole or +- free from blade base, generally stipuled, stipules fused and ligule-like or not. Inflorescence: spike, cylindric to spheric, axillary or terminal, generally emergent, peduncled; bracts 0. Flower: inconspicuous, bisexual; perianth parts [0]4, clawed, +- green, limb generally adaxially concave; stamens [2]4, each fused to base of perianth part [or not], filament generally 0 [short, wide], anthers open to outside; pistils [1]4, ovary 1-chambered, ovule 1, attached to chamber base, style 0 or short. Fruit: drupe, generally obovate, sessile. Seed: 1.
Genera In Family: 3 genera, +- 95 species: worldwide. Note: Recently treated elsewhere to include Zannichelliaceae. Ruppia moved to Ruppiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: C. Barre Hellquist, Robert F. Thorne & Robert R. Haynes
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: PotamogetonView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: PONDWEED
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, rhizomed or not, tubers 0, winter buds generally 0. Stem: simple or branched, cylindric to compressed; nodal glands present or 0. Leaf: submersed, also floating or not, generally flat, generally green, entire to finely serrate; submersed sessile or not, linear to round, tip rounded to acuminate, veins 1--35; floating 0 or generally petioled, elliptic to ovate, leathery; stipules of submersed leaves free from blade base or fused to it < 1/2 stipule length. Inflorescence: generally floating to emergent; peduncle stiff. Fruit: generally beaked, abaxially with 0 or 1 central keel, 0 or 2 lateral, sometimes lower keels, sides concave to convex.
Species In Genus: +- 88 species: generally temperate northern hemisphere. Etymology: (Greek: river neighbor, from aquatic habitat) Note: Other taxa in TJM (1993) moved to Stuckenia.

Potamogeton pusillus L.
NATIVE
Habit: Annual (perennial herb), rhizomes rare, slender, winter buds terminal or lateral. Stem: < 100 cm, cylindric; nodal glands present. Leaf: submersed, sessile, thread-like to linear, veins 1--3(7); stipules fused below middle. Inflorescence: +- interrupted, whorls 2--4; peduncles 0.5--8 cm. Fruit: < 2.5 mm, keels 0, sides concave, tip symmetric, beak at top.
Ecology: Shallow water, ponds, lakes, vernal pools, slow streams; Elevation: < 2700 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, KR, n SNF, SNH, GV, SnFrB, SCoR, SW (exc ChI), GB, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: circumboreal. Flowering Time: May--Jun
Synonyms: Potamogeton pusillus subsp. pusillus; Potamogeton pusillus var. pusillus
eFlora Treatment Author: C. Barre Hellquist, Robert F. Thorne & Robert R. Haynes
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Citation for this treatment: C. Barre Hellquist, Robert F. Thorne & Robert R. Haynes 2016. Potamogeton pusillus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=39612, accessed on February 14, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 14, 2016.


Potamogeton pusillus
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Potamogeton pusillus
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© 2007 Neal Kramer

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Geographic subdivisions for Potamogeton pusillus:
NCo, KR, n SNF, SNH, GV, SnFrB, SCoR, SW (exc ChI), GB, DMoj;
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