Potamogeton nodosus Poir.

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Potamogeton nodosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small dam in forest off the Woodland Rd, Vumba

Potamogeton nodosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small dam in forest off the Woodland Rd, Vumba

Potamogeton nodosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small dam in forest off the Woodland Rd, Vumba

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Synonyms: Potamogeton fluitans sensu auct.
Common names: Broad-leaved pondweed (English)
Status: Native
Herb, with stems to 1 m, arising from a woody rhizome. Stipules variable in size (up to 6 cm), open, convolute, membranous, lower amplexicaul, upper spreading, ovate, acuminate. Upper leaves floating and sometimes aerial on mud, submerged ones often soon decaying; all leaves petiolate. Submerged leaves: 8-20 × 0.8-1.6 cm, linear to linear-lanceolate, thin, tapering to apex; floating leaves: 5(-8) × 2.5(-3.5) cm, elliptic to ovate, coriaceous; apex rounded to acute; leaves intermediate between the two forms occur. Leaves of land forms usually smaller. Spikes on ± swollen, arcuate scapes, many-flowered. Drupe c.4 mm, rounded, flattened; beak short.
Notes: In FZ, plants formerly known as P. thunbergii are treated as either P. nodosus and P. richardii.

Our images from the Vumba have been provisionally placed under P. nodosus but further work is needed to establish if this is correct.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In ponds and dams, usually floating, occasionally emergent on mudbanks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, Madagascar, Indian Ocean islands, Europe, Asia, and North and Central America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 14 April 2007

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29. As Potamogeton thunbergii

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 191. (Includes a picture).

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. as Potamogeton thunbergii

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. as Potamogeton thunbergii

Symoens, J.J. (2009). Potamogetonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 89 - 90.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 193. as Potamogeton thunbergii

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Flora of Botswana: Potamogeton nodosus
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Potamogeton nodosus
Flora of Zambia: Potamogeton nodosus

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

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 nodosus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103100, retrieved 21 February 2024

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