Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Potamogeton richardsonii
Richardson's pondweed
Taxonomy

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Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

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Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Monocot, perennial

Roots: adventitious, rhizomes

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; entire leaf margin; Parallel leaf venation; awl-shaped, oblong leaf shape

Inflorescence: spike

Flowers: perfect; incomplete, not petals, not sepals; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: achene

Physiology: autotrophic

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Species is distributed in fresh, moderately brackish, or alkaline waters; local in calcareous waters.

ILPIN Notes: Seed company numbers 1 and 11. Use of this species may be limited in Illinois. There are no floating leaves. This pertains to marshbirds and shorebirds which eat seeds as food. Regarding aquatic species food value, this pertains to aquatic furbearers, especially muskrats. Regarding aquatic species cover, this pertains to fish (especially bass) which eat plants for food. Roots plant spring or fall at 1000/roots/acre at 3' intervals.

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

  • Edibility [?] :
  • Showy Flowers:

Wildlife and Livestock Information:

  • Food Value: waterfowl: good; aquatic species: good
  • Cover Value: fish: good

Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

  • Entire State: 10
  • Chicago Area: 10

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