Aquatic Plants of the North

Fens of Yodeler Creek, BWCAW, Photo © 1999 by Earl J.S. Rook

Fens of Yodeler Creek, BWCAW
Photo © 1999 by Earl J.S. Rook

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Species Index

Emergent and Marginal Plants

  • Acorus americanus, Sweet Flag
  • Alisma spp, Water Plantain
    • subcordatum, Southern Water Plantain
    • trivale, Northern Water Plantain
  • Asclepias incarnata, Swamp Milkweed
  • Bidens cernua, Nodding Bur Marigold
  • Calla palustris, Wild Calla Lily
  • Caltha palustris, Marsh Marigold
  • Carex spp, Sedges
    • adusta, Lesser Brown Sedge
    • aurea, Golden Sedge
    • brevior, Fescue Sedge
    • brunnescens, Brown Sedge
    • canescens, Silvery Sedge
    • crawfordii, Crawford's Sedge
    • crinita, Fringed Sedge
    • cryptolepis, Northeastern Sedge
    • deflexa, Northern Sedge
    • deweyana, Dewey Sedge
    • disperma, Soft Leaf Sedge
    • echinata, Little Prickly Sedge
    • foenea, Dryspike Sedge
    • gracillima, Graceful Sedge
    • houghtoniana, Houghton's Sedge
    • intumescens, Bladder Sedge
    • lacustris, Lake Sedge
    • lasiocarpa, Wool Fruited Sedge
    • lenticularis, Tufted Sedge
    • leptalea, Bristly Stalk Sedge
    • leptonervia, Nerveless Wood Sedge
    • limosa, Mud Sedge
    • norvegica, Norway Sedge
    • oligosperma, Few Seed Sedge
    • pauciflora, Star Sedge
    • paupercula, Little Sedge
    • peckii, Peck's Sedge
    • pedunculata, Long Stalk Sedge
    • projecta, Beaded Broom Sedge
    • retrorsa, Knotsheath Sedge
    • rostrata, Beaked Sedge
    • scoparia, Broom Sedge
    • stipata, Sawbeak Sedge
    • stricta, Upright Sedge
    • tenera, Slender Sedge
    • trisperma, Three Seed Sedge
    • tuckermanii, Tuckerman's Sedge
    • umbellata, Parasol Sedge
    • vesicaria, Blister Sedge
    • vulpinoidea, Fox Sedge
  • Cicuta spp, Water Hemlocks
  • Drosera spp, Sundews
  • Dulichium arundinaceum, Three Way Sedge
  • Elatine spp, Waterworts
  • Eleocharis spp, Spike Rushes
  • Eriocaulon aquaticum, Pipewort
  • Eriophorum spp, Cotton Grasses
    • angustifolium, Tall Cotton Grass
    • gracile, Slender Cotton Grass
    • tenellum, Few-nerved Cotton Grass
    • vaginatum, Tussock Cotton Grass
    • virginicum, Tawny Cotton Grass
    • viridi-carinatum, Thin Leaf Cotton Grass
  • Hippuris vulgaris, Mare's Tail
  • Iris versicolor, Blue Flag
  • Juncus spp, Rushes
    • alpinoarticulatus, Northern Green Rush
    • arcticus, Arctic Rush
    • brevicaudatus, Narrow Panicle Rush
    • bufonius, Toad Rush
    • effusus, Common Rush
    • filiformis, Thread Rush
    • nodosus, Jointed Rush
    • pelocarpus, Brown Fruited Rush
    • tenuis, Slender Rush
  • Lobelia dortmanna, Water Lobelia
  • Lycopus, Water Hore Hound
    • americanus, American Water Horehound
    • uniflorus, Common Water Horehound
  • Lysimachia spp, Loosestrife
    • ciliata, Fringed Loosestrife
    • terrestris, Swamp Loosestrife
    • thyrsiflora, Tufted Loosestrife
  • Menyanthes trifoliata, Buckbean
  • Parnassia palustris, Northern Grass of Parnassus
  • Phragmites communis, Reed grass
  • Pontederia cordata, Pickerel Weed
  • Sagittaria spp, Arrowheads
    • cuneata, Arum Leaf Arrowhead
    • graminea, Grassy Arrowhead
    • latifolia, Broad Leaf Arrowhead
    • rigida, Sessile Fruited Arrowhead
  • Sarracenia purpurea, Pitcher Plant
  • Scirpus spp, Bulrushes
    • acuta, Great Bulrush
    • atrovirens, Green Bulrush
    • cyperinus, Woolgrass
    • microcarpus, Panicled Bulrush
  • Sium suave, Water Parsnip
  • Sparganium spp, Bur Reeds
    • americanum, American Bur Reed
    • androcladum, Branched Bur Reed
    • angustifolium, Narrow Leaf Bur Reed
    • emersum, Green Fruit Bur Reed
    • erectum, Simple Stem Bur Reed
    • eurycarpum, Giant Bur Reed
    • fluctuans, Floating Bur Reed
    • glomeratum, Clustered Bur Reed
    • natans, Small Bur Reed
  • Trichophorum
    • alpinum, Alpine Bulrush
    • cespitosus, Tufted Bulrush
  • Typha spp, Cattails
  • Zizania aquatica, Wild Rice

    Floating and Submerged Plants

  • Brasenia schreberi, Water Shield
  • Callitriche, Water Starwort
    • hermaphroditica, Northern Water Starwort
    • palustris, Vernal Water Starwort
  • Caltha natans, Floating Marsh Marigold
  • Ceratophyllum demersum, Common Hornwort
  • Crassula aquatica, Water Pygmyweed
  • Elodea spp, Waterweeds
  • Isoetes spp, Quillworts
  • Lemna minor, Lesser Duckweed
  • Lemna trisulca, Ivy Leaf Duckweed
  • Myriophyllum spp, Water Milfoils
  • Najas flexilis, Slender Naiad
  • Nuphar spp, Yellow Water Lillies
    • advena, Yellow Water Lily
    • microphyllum, Least Yellow Water Lily
    • rubrodiscum, Lesser Yellow Water Lily
    • varigatum, Greater Yellow Water Lily
  • Nymphaea spp, White Water Lillies
    • leibergii, Leiberg's Water Lily
    • odorata, Fragrant White Water Lily
    • tetragona, Least White Water Lily
    • tuberosa, Tuberous White Water Lily
  • Polygonum spp, Smartweeds
    • amphibium, Showy Smartweed
    • coccineum, Scarlet Smartweed
    • natans, Water Smartweed
  • Potamogeton spp., Pondweeds
    • alpinus, Red Pondweed
    • berchtoldii, Small Pondweed
    • compressus, Grass Wrack Pondweed
    • crispus, Curled Pondweed (exotic?)
    • epihydrus, Ribbon Leaf Pondweed
    • filiformis, Slender-leaved Pondweed
    • foliosus, Leafy Pondweed
    • friesii, Flat-stalked Pondweed
    • gramineus, Grass Leaf Pondweed
    • illinoensis, Illinois (Shining) Pondweed
    • natans, Broad Leaf Pondweed
    • nodosus, Long Leaf Pondweed
    • obtusifolius, Blunt Leaf Pondweed
    • pectinatus, Fennel Pondweed
    • perfoliatus, Perfoliate Pondweed
    • praelongus, Long-stalked Pondweed
    • pusillus, Lesser Pondweed
    • spirillus, Spiral Pondweed
    • vaginatus, Sheathed Pondweed
    • vaseyi, Vasey's Pondweed
    • zosteriformis, Flatstem Pondweed
  • Ranunculus pensylvanicus, Bristly Crowfoot
  • Spirodela polyrhiza, Greater Duckweed
  • Subularia aquatica, Water Awlwort
  • Utricularia spp, Bladderworts
  • Valisneria americana, Tape Grass

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