Potamogeton crispus L.

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Status: Native
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
Flowering time:
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.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 112.

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).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 148.

Symoens, J.J. (2009). Potamogetonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 85 - 86.

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Flora of Botswana: Potamogeton crispus
Flora of Malawi: Potamogeton crispus
Flora of Mozambique: Potamogeton crispus
Flora of Zambia: Potamogeton crispus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Potamogeton crispus
African Plant Database: Potamogeton crispus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Potamogeton crispus
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Tropicos: Potamogeton crispus
Wikipedia: Potamogeton crispus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Potamogeton crispus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103060, retrieved 18 June 2024

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