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Last updated 2/12/2013 by David Giblin.
Isoetes minima A.A. Eaton[HC2]
midget quillwort

Publication: Fern Bulletin 6: 30.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: BEN 304: "Several field characters distinguish plants of I. minima from plant of I. nuttallii. First, I. minima has an incomplete velum covering up to 75% of the sporangium whereas, I. nuttallii has a complete velum covering 100% of the sporangium. Second, I. minima has spinulose textured megaspores ranging 290-350 mm in diameter. In contrast, I. nuttallii has smooth to tuberculate textured megaspores ranging 360-600 mm in diameter. Third, I. minima is generally a smaller plant with leaves up to only 4 cm long whereas, I. nuttallii is usually larger plant with leaves up to 20 cm long."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Isoetes howellii Engelm. var. minima (A.A. Eaton) N. Pfeiff.