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Description: Herb 50-150 cm high, from a rhizome; stems 4-angled. Stipular sheaths 10-20 mm, convolute, early deciduous.
Leaves 30-90 × 8-15 mm,
linear-lanceolate, sessile, all submerged, shining, translucent; apex obtuse, apiculate; margin finely serrate, markedly undulate when mature. Spikes 5-10-flowered, somewhat lax. Drupe 2-4 mm,
ovoid-acuminate, laterally flattened; beak nearly as long as fruit, falcate, tapered.
Derivation of specific name:
crispus: with a wavy or curled margin
Habitat: In stagnant and slow-flowing waters
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1200 m
Worldwide distribution: North Africa, Sudan, Ethiopia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Also in Europe, Asia and Australia. Introduced from Canada to Argentina and in New Zealand.
Red data list status:
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Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Saturday 14 April 2007
Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 502 - 503. (Includes a picture).
Potamogetonaceae Symoens, J.J. (2009). FZ 12(2) Pages 85 - 86. Comments
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Other sources of information about Potamogeton crispus: Flora of Mozambique
Potamogeton crispus African Plant Database
Potamogeton crispus Biodiversity Explorer
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Potamogeton crispus EOL
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Potamogeton crispus ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Potamogeton crispus Flora Zambesiaca
Potamogeton crispus Google
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Potamogeton crispus IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Potamogeton crispus JSTOR Plant Science
Potamogeton crispus Kew Herbarium catalogue
Potamogeton crispus Kew Monocotyledon checklist
Potamogeton crispus Tropicos
Potamogeton crispus West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Potamogeton crispus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103060, retrieved 18 May 2013
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