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Broad-leaved Pondweed

Potamogeton natans

Plant Data

Order:
Alismatales
Family:
Potamogetonaceae (Pondweed)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Green flower spikes on long stalks.
Fruit:
A spathe, up to 8cm long. The spathe is densely packed with the fruit.
Leaves:
The broad, oval, opaque and leathery floating leaves are variably green in colour. They have pale veins which run parallel to the midrib from their bases to the leaf tips. The leaves have stipules and leaf bases are rounded. Up to 10cm long. Submerged leaves are linear and have no blade.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The roots are starchy and can be eaten, raw or cooked. The stems are edible too. Nutty-tasting.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Floating Pondweed, Floating-leaf Pondweed.
Habitats:
Ditches, ponds, water.