Taxon: Vallisneria americana Michx.

Genus: Vallisneria
Family: Hydrocharitaceae
Subfamily: Hydrilloideae
Nomen number: 400354
Place of publication: Fl. bor.-amer. 2:220. 1803
Link to protologue:
Comment: non Vallisneria americana auct. Austral. (= V. australis S. W. L. Jacobs & Les)
Name Verified on: 07-Oct-1994 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 04-Sep-2012
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (aquarium plant fide Bogner, Aquat Bot 2009)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Mexico
    • Eastern Canada: Canada New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States Oregon, Washington
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States Nevada
    • Western Canada: Canada Manitoba
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Cuba ; Dominican Republic ; Haiti
    • Central America: Guatemala ; Honduras
    • Northern South America: Venezuela

  • Naturalized



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  • Correll, D. S. & H. B. Correll Aquatic and wetland plants of southwestern United States, 2 vol. 1975 (Aquat SW US)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  • Foreman, D. B. & N. G. Walsh Flora of Victoria. (F Victoria)
  • Godfrey, R. K. & J. W. Wooten Aquatic and wetland plants of southeastern United States, 2 vol. (Aquat SE US)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Kartesz, J. T. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. (L US Can ed2)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  • Lowden, R. M. 1982. An approach to the taxonomy of Vallisneria L. (Hydrocharitaceae) Aquatic Bot. 13:289-294.
  • McGregor, R. L. et al. (The Great Plains Flora Association) Flora of the Great Plains. (F GPlains)
  • Ownbey, G. B. & T. Morley Vascular plants of Minnesota: a checklist and atlas. 1991 (L Minn)
  • Radford, A. E. et al. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas. (F Carolin)
  • Scoggan, H. J. The flora of Canada, 4 vol. (F Canada)
  • Voss, E. Michigan flora. (F Mich)

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