Nuttall's Waterweed - Elodea nuttallii


    Submerged, aquatic, delicate, pale green plant with whorled leaves, usually in threes The leaves are strap-shaped.

    Similar Species

    Elodea canadensis and Elodea nuttalli are very similar but can be separated by the leaf shape. E. canadensis has more oval leaves whilst E. nuttalli has strap-shaped leaves.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Lakes, ponds, canals and slow moving water.

    When to see it

    Between May and September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread and frequent in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Locally frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 1of the 617 tetrads, but has since increased enormously.

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