An On-line Version of an Aquatic Plant Identification Manual for Washington's Freshwater Plants

Floating Leaved - Rooted Plants  


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These plants are rooted in the sediment and have leaves that float on the water surface. They may also have underwater leaves. Often the stems of these plants are not firm enough to keep them upright when removed from the water and at low water they may be found collapsed on the lake bottom. They often form a band along a lake margin in water one to three meters deep.

Each species listed below is linked to a written description which is in turn linked to photographs and line drawings. 
Brasenia schreberi - Water-shield
Nuphar polysepala - Spatterdock
Nymphaea odorata - Fragrant Waterlily
Nymphoides peltata - Yellow Floating-heart
Potamogeton alpinus - Alpine Pondweed
Potamogeton amplifolius - Big-leaf Pondweed
Potamogeton epihydrus - Ribbon-leaf Pondweed
Potamogeton gramineus - Grass-leaved Pondweed
Potamogeton illinoensis - Illinois Pondweed
Potamogeton natans - Floating-leaved Pondweed
Potamogeton nodosus - Longleaf Pondweed
Trapa natans - Water Chestnut

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