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Brasenia schreberi

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska to California, east to much of Canada and eastern United States.

Habitat: Shallow ponds and sluggish streams.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous, aquatic perennials from slender rhizomes, with elongate, branching stems covered with a gelatinous sheath.


Leaves mostly near the stem tips, floating, the petioles 5-40 cm. long, the blades broadly elliptic, the petiole attached near the center, 5-10 cm. long


Peduncles 5-20 cm. long, 1-flowered; sepals and petal 3 each, similar, purplish, narrowly oblong, 10-15 mm. long; stamens 12-30, purplish, about equal to the petals; pistils 9-15, 1-celled, superior.


Fruit leathery, narrowly ovoid, 6-8 mm. long, 1-2 seeded.

Accepted Name:
Brasenia schreberi J.F. Gmel.
Publication: Syst. Nat. 1: 853. 1791. 1791.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Brasenia schreberi in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Brasenia schreberi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Brasenia schreberi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Brasenia schreberi photos.

USDA Plants: Brasenia schreberi information.

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