Shining Pondweed
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Shining Pondweed
aturalized Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Shining Pondweed
Botanical name: Potamogeton lucens    Family: Potamogetonaceae (Pondweed family)
Synonyms: Buccaferrea lucida, Potamogeton dentatus, Potamogeton zizii

Shining Pondweed, is an aquatic plant growing in slow moving fresh water, found in the south, mid and East of England, almost rare in the rest of Great Britain. The species is fully submerged. The leaves up to 20 cm long, 6 cm wide, translucent, yellow-green, wavy, shiny, oblong lanceolate, with a dense network of veins, minutely toothed along the edges. The leaf stalks are very short - up to about 1.5 cm long. Stipules are free, up to 7 cm long, 2-keeled. Flowers are small, borne in 3-6 cm long dense spike on up to 20 cm long peduncle; carpels 4; fruit ovoid, 3-5 mm long with distinct beak. Shining Pondweed is found in Europe, C. Asia and Nepal. It is naturalized in parts of India. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir.
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