Sagittaria latifolia Willd.

Family: Alismataceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)


Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

broadleaf arrowhead, duck potato

Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a winged achene, oblanceolate in outline (outline is of the laterally compressed fruit), 2.3–3.5(4) mm long x 1.5–2.5(3) mm wide x ca. 0.3 mm thick, with a horizontally-pointing (often curved down at tip) beak (stylar remnant) measuring 0.5–1(2) mm long near the apex of the ventral wing. Surface light to medium brown, with 0–1 elongated resin-filled glands on each face, smooth to rough (striate to mildly wrinkled).

Fruit attachment scar at base, ca. 2 mm long, same color as rest of fruit body or darker.

Embryo upside-down U-shaped, its form visible on fruit's surface, endosperm absent.

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Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)