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Najas guadalupensis
Guadalupe water-nymph

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to Baja California, east to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Fresh water habitats.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Water


Monoecious, submersed annual, the slender, branching stems 3-6 dm. long and scarcely 1 mm. thick.


Leaves opposite, 1-3 cm. long and 0.5 mm. broad, the base expanded for 3-5 mm. and somewhat sheathing, the blade tapered from well above midlength to a tip.


Flowers tiny, in the axils of leaves clustered toward the branch tips; staminate flowers few, a single stamen enclosed in a transparent bract; anther 4-celled; pistillate flowers naked, the pistil 1, the stigmas 2-4, sessile, elongate.


Achene spindle-shaped, 3 mm. long, completely filled by the single seed, which is straw-colored and prominently pitted.

Accepted Name:
Najas guadalupensis (Spreng.) Magnus
Publication: Beitrage zur Kenntniss der Gattung Najas. 8. 1870.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Caulinia guadalupensis Spreng.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Najas guadalupensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Najas guadalupensis checklist entry

OregonFlora: Najas guadalupensis information

E-Flora BC: Najas guadalupensis atlas page

CalPhotos: Najas guadalupensis photos

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