Curlyleaf Pondweed: Potamogeton crispus
|Weed Description: A submersed aquatic perennial with both rhizomes and stolons and distinctive "curly" leaves. Curlyleaf pondweed can form thick mats in lakes and rivers.|
|Leaves: Leaves are arranged
alternately along the stem, are submersed, and do not occur on petioles (sessile).
Leaves are approximately 2 to 3 inches long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide. The margins
are distinctively wavy or 'curled', and most leaves have a prominent red-tinged
midvein. Some leaves are also red-tinged throughout.
Roots: Both rhizomes and stolons occur.
Stems: Branching, somewhat flattened, often whitish in color.
|Flowers: Occur on flower stalks
(peduncles) that arise from the area between the leaf bases and the stems (axillary
Identifying Characteristics: The distinctive wavy leaf margins and rhizomes and stolons of this weed make it easy to distinguish from most other submersed aquatic plants.