Potamogeton cheesemanii

Floating Pondweed

Emergent erect perennial herb with flattened branches.

Additional information

  • SynonymPotamogeton tricarinatus Form 3
  • FamilyPotamogetaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems to 1.5 m long
  • Plant groupingAquatic & Semi aquatic
  • LeavesSubmerged leaves stalkless, thin, translucent narrow, tapering 4.5-23 cm x 0.5-5 cm. Floating leaves stalked, thick and leathery, egg-shaped with rounded base, 14 main longitudinal veins. Sheath at base of leaf disintegrates.
  • Flower colourGreen
  • Flowering timeSeptember to April
  • FlowersShort and dense emergent terminal flowering spike, about 12 flowers on stout erect stems, fruit green.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsAquatic in still to slow flowing water to 0.5 m deep, in swamps and billabongs. Full sun, semi-shade. Very limited distribution in the Shire.
  • Garden useA small water plant for shallow ponds.
  • Commercially availableWholesale only - order in advance
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where it may be abundant. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
  • 39 Sedge Wetland Complex (EVC 136)
  • 35 Floodplain Wetland Complex (EVC 172)
  • 47 Open Water - Reservoirs, lakes, etc (EVC 718)
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