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Ceratophyllum muricatum

Ceratophyllum muricatum Cham.

Prickly Hornwort, Hornwort

Ceratophyllaceae (Hornwort Family)


USDA Symbol: CEMU3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Stems up to about 3 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous.


Native Habitat: Submersed or floating in sluggish or stagnant fresh water.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL OBL
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.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-02-03
Research By: CBR

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