Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Potamogetonaceae
(Pondweed Family)


Potamogetonaceae are aquatic plants. The leaves on the surface tend to be wider than the submersed ones. The family was previously called the "Najadaceae." The vascular water plants are easily confused with one particular genus of alga, Chara. Chara has whorled branches and does not flower.

Potamogeton foliosus var. foliosus
Potamogeton natans (Floating Pondweed)
Stuckenia pectinata (Sago Pondweed)


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