Zannichellia palustris L.

Sp. Pl. 2: 969 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Annual or perennial monoecious herbs. Leaves opposite, 2–7 cm long, <1 mm wide; margins entire; apex acute with a mucro. Male flowers (2–)4(–8)-locular. Female flowers with minute c. 1 mm long cup-like perianth; style c. 1 mm long. Fruit 2–4 mm long, dorsally curved. Flowers and fruits Sep.–Apr.

VRiv. Occurs in fresh or slightly saline water, in swamps and slow moving water.  .

Only known in Victoria from a single record in a swamp near Kerang. There are several records of this species in wetlands off the Murray River immediately downstream of the Victorian border. It is possible that more populations exist in north western Victoria.   

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-08-04
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
genus Zannichellia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Zannichellia palustris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Zannichellia palustris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native

State distribution

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New South Wales