Broad-leaved Pondweed - Potamogeton natans


Submerged leaves are grass-like, but higher up the shoot it produces wide, oval floating leaves. They are dark green, leathery, opaque, with translucent longitudinal veins. They are 5 to 10 cm long, pointed at the tips, and rounded at the base.

Identification difficulty

Still freshwater such as ponds.

When to see it

It flowers from May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 238 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map