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Elodea canadensis Michx.
Canadian waterweed



General Information
Symbol: ELCA7
Group: Monocot
Family: Hydrocharitaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: PR   I
AK   I
CAN   N
L48   N
Characteristics
Data Source and Documentation
Alabama"Alaska"Arizona"Arkansas"California"Colorado"Connecticut"Delaware"DistrictFlorida"Idaho"Illinois"Indiana"Iowa"Kentucky"Maine"Massachusetts"Michigan"Minnesota"Missouri"Montana"Nebraska"Nevada"NewNewNewNewNorthNorthOhio"Oklahoma"Oregon"Pennsylvania"RhodeSouthTennessee"Utah"Vermont"Virginia"Washington"WestWisconsin"Wyoming"
Distribution Map
green distribution legend Present blank legend Absent/Unreported

See U.S. county distributions (when available) by clicking on the map or the linked states below:

USA (AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY), USA+ (PR), CAN (BC, MB, NB, NS, ON, QC, SK)

Images

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
PHLI10 Philotria linearis Rydb.
ELIO3 Elodea ioensis Wylie
ELLI Elodea linearis (Rydb.) H. St. John
ELBR3 Elodea brandegeeae H. St. John
ANCA22 Anacharis canadensis (Michx.) Planch.
PHCA23 Philotria canadensis (Michx.) Britton
ELPL Elodea planchonii Caspary
ANCAP4 Anacharis canadensis (Michx.) Planch. var. planchonii (Caspary) Vict.

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Alismatidae
Order Hydrocharitales
Family Hydrocharitaceae – Tape-grass family
Genus Elodea Michx. – waterweed
Species Elodea canadensis Michx. – Canadian waterweed

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

U.S. Weed Information
Elodea canadensis
Canadian waterweed
This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
SWSS Southern Weed Science Society. 1998. Weeds of the United States and Canada. CD-ROM. Southern Weed Science Society. Champaign, Illinois.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Alaska OBL
Arid West OBL
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain OBL
Caribbean OBL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont OBL
Great Plains OBL
Midwest OBL
Northcentral & Northeast OBL
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast OBL

Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover