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Echinodorus berteroi (Upright burrhead)
Loveless, Brenda K.

Echinodorus berteroi

Echinodorus berteroi (Spreng.) Fassett

Upright Burrhead

Alismataceae (Water-Plantain Family)

Synonym(s): Echinodorus berteroi var. lanceolatus, Echinodorus rostratus, Echinodorus rostratus var. lanceolatus

USDA Symbol: ECBE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I?), PR (N), VI (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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Obtuse
Leaf Base: Cordate
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.
Flower: Flowers 1 cm
Fruit: Seeds brown

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AR , AZ , CA , FL , GA , HI , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MO , MS , NE , NM , NV , OH , OK , SD , TN , TX , UT , WI

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:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 Echinodorus berteroi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Echinodorus berteroi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Echinodorus berteroi


Record Modified: 2023-02-07
Research By: JSC

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