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Southern Naiad

Scientific Name: Najas guadalupensis 

Distinguishing Characteristics:
Very thin, branching plant with very thin, strap-like leaves (1-inch long); leaves opposite or whorled in groups of 3 around stem; often confused with Potamogeton diversifolius which has alternate leaves, but Najas guadalupensis leaves are shorter and more rigid.
Often found in highly alkaline soil.
Can completely cover shallow areas and can become “topped-out”. Small, brown inflorescence occasionally seen above surface when topped-out.
Najas guadalupensis taken by Graves Lovell 
Najas guadalupensis taken by Graves Lovell

Najas guadalupensis taken by Graves Lovell

Najas guadalupensis taken by Graves Lovell

 


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