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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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