Potamogeton perfoliatus

Claspingleaf pondweed

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background
Difficulty: easy
Growth: very fast
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Common names: 
  • Claspingleaf pondweed

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
  • rhizome or creeping stem
Botanical name [?]: Potamogéton perfoliátus L.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Alismatales
Family: Potamogetonaceae
Genus: Potamogeton


Potamogeton perfoliatus is a very large pondweed,distributed in almost all the world but missing in South America. It is also found in stagnant and slow-flowing waterbodies rich in nutrients in Central Europe, at depths of 0.5 to 7 metres, and it is a characteristical species of the Potamogeton group forming the so-called pondweed belt in lowland lakes.
Since around 2005, Potamogeton perfoliatus has quite frequently been imported from Asian aquatic plant nurseries.

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References and further reading:
  1. Kasselmann, C. (2010): Aquarienpflanzen. 3rd edition (German). - DATZ Aquarienbuch, Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart: p. 486.
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