Stuckenia pectinata (L.) Borner

Fl. deut. Volk. 713 (1912) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Submerged herb, with branches slender, flattened, up to c. 3 m long. Leaf sheath basally united with base of leaf (united part 0.5–2.5 cm long), distally free and extended into a distinct ligule 0.3–1.5 cm long; ligule clasping branch. Leaves sessile; lamina linear, 1.5–15 cm long, up to 0.2 cm wide; margin flat and entire; apex acute; venation indistinct. Inflorescence c. 4–12-flowered. Infructescence 1.5–4(–6) cm long. Fruiting carpels 2.5–4 mm long (including distal point), smooth or obscurely keeled dorsally with 2 faint lateral ridges, distally with a ± straight point less than 0.5 mm long. Flowers and fruits Nov.–May.

Brid, CVU, DunT, GipP, Glep, Gold, HSF, MuF, MuM, OtP, RobP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Occurs in fresh to brackish or saline water, either still or fast flowing, of agricultural dams, lakes and creeks.

Vegetatively this species is similar to Ruppia maritima, however, the prominent ligule readily distinguishes it from that species which lacks a ligule.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Potamogetonaceae (including Ruppiaceae). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Potamogeton pectinatus L.).
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
genus Stuckenia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Stuckenia pectinata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Stuckenia pectinata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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