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Ribbon-leaf Pondweed

Potamogeton epihydrus

Ribbon-leaf pondweed is found in lakes, ponds and slow-flowing waters in the continental United States and Canada. (Alabama Department on Conservation and Outdoor Resources/Outdoor Alabama)
Ribbon-leaf pondweed is found in lakes, ponds and slow-flowing waters in the continental United States and Canada. (Alabama Department on Conservation and Outdoor Resources/Outdoor Alabama)

This perennial submerged aquatic grass can be found in slow-flowing waters that are 3 to 7 feet deep. Its buoyant leaves are identifiable by their light-colored center stripe. It produces small, green-brown flowers.

Appearance:

  • Stems are flat and grow up to 7 inches long
  • Buoyant leaves grow up to 3 inches long and feature a light-colored center stripe
  • Produces small, green-brown flowers

Habitat:

  • Found in lakes, ponds and slow-flowing waters

Range:

  • Found throughout the continental United States and Canada

Reproduction and Life Cycle:

  • Reproduces through a combination of seeds, sprigs and roots
  • Fruits and seeds will begin to show during summer

Other Facts:

  • Scientific name comes from the Greek potamos, meaning “a river”; geiton, meaning “a neighbor”; epi, meaning “over or on”; and hydr, meaning “water”
  • Often confused with flat-stemmed pondweed
  • Provides food and habitat for waterfowl and aquatic animals

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