Etymology: Potamogeton: from Greek potamos, "a river," and geiton, "a neighbor," because of the habitat
Plants: perennial, submersed aquatic; stems freely branching; slender rhizomes
Leaves: alternate, entire, linear, 1 prominent midvein, 2 faint side veins; elliptical floating leaves long; submersed - fine, 0.2mm wide
Flowers: green-brown, small; inflorescence spike
Fruits: dry seed with a flat, round, tiny beak, fruit spikes globular from submersed leaf axils; cylindrical from floating leaves
Habitat: water < 7'; in soft sediment soil
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = NO WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc.