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Sparganium angustifolium
Sparganium angustifolium  (Burreed)
Typhaceae (Cattail Family)
formerly Sparganiaceae (Burreed Family)

Montane.  Ponds.  Summer.
Grindstone Lake, August 25, 2007.

Wispy Sparganium angustifolium stems and leaves float in undulating patterns on mountain ponds.  The plant is fairly common on shallow ponds in the mountainous areas of the Four Corners and is also found from Alaska to California to Colorado, across Canada, and in Europe and Asia. 

Linnaeus named this genus in 1753 and the species was named by Andre Michaux in 1803 from Canadian specimens.  "Sparganium" is from the Greek for "swaddling band" and apparently refers to the long narrow leaves.  "Angustifolium" is Latin for "narrow leaves".

Sparganium angustifolium  (Burreed)
Typhaceae (Cattail Family)
formerly Sparganiaceae (Burreed Family)

Montane.  Ponds.  Summer.
Grindstone Lake, August 25, 2007.

Sparganium angustifolium

Sparganium angustifolium  (Burreed)
Typhaceae (Cattail Family)
formerly Sparganiaceae (Burreed Family)

Montane.  Ponds.  Summer.
Grindstone Lake, August 25, 2007 and July 20, 2012.

Sparganium angustifolium has two-to-five male pollen bearing balls of flowers at the top of the flowering stem and one female ovule bearing ball of flowers near the bottom.  

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Sparganium angustifolium