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Howellia aquatilis
water Howellwort

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: In ponds and lakes.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Aquatic, annual herbs, the plants rooted, the stem naked below and branched above, the branches spreading or floating, the whole plant green and glabrous, 1-6 dm. long.


Leaves numerous, alternate or whorled in threes, linear or filiform, entire, 1-4.5 cm. long and up to 1.5 mm. wide.


Flowers 3-10, axillary, scattered, the pedicels stout, 1-4 mm. long, merging with the base of the capsule; calyx lobes 5, 1.5-7 mm. long; corolla two-lipped, 2-2.7 mm. long, green, the tube deeply cleft dorsally, or the flowers apetalous; ovary inferior.


Fruit a thin-walled, 1-celled capsule, 5-13 mm. long and 1-2 mm. thick, with a few large, shiny, brown seeds.

Accepted Name:
Howellia aquatilis A. Gray
Publication: Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 15(1): 43-44. 1880.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Howellia aquatilis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Howellia aquatilis checklist entry

OregonFlora: Howellia aquatilis information

E-Flora BC: Howellia aquatilis atlas page

CalPhotos: Howellia aquatilis photos

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