Ribbon-leaf Pondweed

Potamogeton epihydrus

Quick Facts

  • Species

    Native

  • Habitat

    Lakes, ponds and slow-flowing waters

  • Range

    Found throughout the continental United States and Canada

  • Status

    Stable

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, while buoyant leaves grow up to 3 inches long and feature a light-colored center stripe. This plant produces small, green-brown flowers.

Reproduction and Life Cycle

Ribbon-leaf pondweed reproduces through a combination of seeds, sprigs and roots. Fruits and seeds begin to show during summer.

Did You Know?

  • The scientific name Potamogeton epihydrus comes from the Greek potamos, meaning “a river”; geiton, meaning “a neighbor”; epi, meaning “over or on”; and hydr, meaning “water”
  • It is often confused with flat-stemmed pondweed.
  • Ribbon-leaf pondweed provides food and habitat for waterfowl and aquatic animals.

Sources and Additional Information

Quick Facts

  • Species

    Native

  • Habitat

    Lakes, ponds and slow-flowing waters

  • Range

    Found throughout the continental United States and Canada

  • Status

    Stable