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Isoetes tenella Léman
spiny-spore quillwort

General Information
Symbol: ISTE5
Group: Quillwort
Family: Isoetaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Graminoid
Native Status: AK   N
GL   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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W. Carl Taylor. USDA NRCS. 1992. Western wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. West Region, Sacramento. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 51. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
ISBR4 Isoetes braunii Durieu
ISEC Isoetes echinospora Durieu
ISECA Isoetes echinospora Durieu ssp. asiatica (Makino) Á. Löve
ISECM Isoetes echinospora Durieu ssp. muricata (Durieu) Á. Löve & D. Löve
ISECA2 Isoetes echinospora Durieu var. asiatica Makino
ISECB Isoetes echinospora Durieu var. braunii (Durieu) Engelm.
ISECH Isoetes echinospora Durieu var. hesperia (C.F. Reed) Á. Löve
ISECM2 Isoetes echinospora Durieu var. muricata (Durieu) Engelm.
ISECR Isoetes echinospora Durieu var. robusta Engelm.
ISECS Isoetes echinospora Durieu var. savilei B. Boivin
ISMU2 Isoetes muricata Durieu
ISMUB Isoetes muricata Durieu var. braunii (Durieu) C.F. Reed
ISMUH2 Isoetes muricata Durieu var. hesperia C.F. Reed
ISSE4 Isoetes setacea Lam. p.p.
ISSEM Isoetes setacea Lam. ssp. muricata (Durieu) Holub


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division Lycopodiophyta – Lycopods
Class Lycopodiopsida
Order Isoetales
Family Isoetaceae – Quillwort family
Genus Isoetes L. – quillwort
Species Isoetes tenella Léman – spiny-spore quillwort

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Isoetes echinospora
spiny-spored quillwort
Presumed Extirpated
Rhode Island
Isoetes echinospora
spiny quillwort
Special Concern

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status


ISEC  Isoetes echinospora Durieu

North America
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain OBL
Alaska OBL
Midwest OBL
Arid West OBL
Northcentral & Northeast OBL
Great Plains OBL
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast OBL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont OBL



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

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