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Alisma triviale (Northern water plantain)
Smith, R.W.

Alisma triviale

Alisma triviale Pursh

Northern Water Plantain

Alismataceae (Water-Plantain Family)

Synonym(s): Alisma brevipes, Alisma plantago-aquatica ssp. brevipes, Alisma plantago-aquatica var. americanum, Alisma plantago-aquatica var. brevipes

USDA Symbol: ALTR7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Members of the Water-Plantain Family grow in water, in swamps, on muddy banks, or occasionally in wet sand. Each plant has long-petioled leaves in a clump with a flowering stem rising among them. The flowers have 3 green sepals, 3 white or pink-tinged petals, 6 or more stamens, and several pistils. Stamens and pistils may be in separate flowers.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White


USA: AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE , QC
Native Habitat: Fresh Water Aquatic

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Wet
Aquatic: yes


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Alisma triviale in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Alisma triviale in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Alisma triviale


Record Modified: 2015-02-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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