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Myriophyllum sibiricum Kom.
shortspike watermilfoil

General Information
Symbol: MYSI
Group: Dicot
Family: Haloragaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: AK   N
GL   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
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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Symbol Scientific Name
MYEX Myriophyllum exalbescens Fernald
MYEXM Myriophyllum exalbescens Fernald var. magdalenense (Fernald) Á. Löve
MYMA6 Myriophyllum magdalenense Fernald
MYSPE2 Myriophyllum spicatum L. ssp. exalbescens (Fernald) Hultén
MYSPS Myriophyllum spicatum L. ssp. squamosum Laest. ex Hartm.
MYSPC Myriophyllum spicatum L. var. capillaceum Lange
MYSPE Myriophyllum spicatum L. var. exalbescens (Fernald) Jeps.
MYSPS2 Myriophyllum spicatum L. var. squamosum (Laest. ex Hartm.) Hartm.


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Haloragales
Family Haloragaceae – Water Milfoil family
Genus Myriophyllum L. – watermilfoil
Species Myriophyllum sibiricum Kom. – shortspike watermilfoil

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.
New Jersey
common water-milfoil
American water-milfoil
Myriophyllum exalbescens
northern water-milfoil

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

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



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover