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Callitriche palustris

Callitriche palustris L.

Vernal Water-starwort

Callitrichaceae (Water-Starwort Family)

Synonym(s): Callitriche palustris var. verna, Callitriche verna

USDA Symbol: CAPA52

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear , Obovate , Spatulate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Base: Cuneate
Fruit Type: Nut
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


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

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Aquatic: yes

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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