Bog Pondweed - Potamogeton polygonifolius

    Description

    Fruit spike 1 to 4 cm.  Floating leaves, blade 2 to 6 cm x 1 to 4 cm. Both floating and submerged leaves are stalked.  Leaf-stalks typically much longer than leaf-blades. Stalk of fruit-spike does not widen towards the spike.  Fruit densely packed.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    May grow as an aquatic in shallow water in lakes, pools, the backwaters of rivers, streams and ditches, or in a dwarf, sub-terrestrial state in wet Sphagnum lawns or `brown moss` communities. It is usually restricted to acidic water, only rarely occurring in highly calcareous but nutrient-poor sites.

    When to see it

    In flower during March, June, July and August.

    Life History

    Rhizomatous perennial herb.

    UK Status

    Its strongholds in Britain are in Scotland and Wales and in south-western England.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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