Sagittaria subulata

Sagittaria subulata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Alismataceae
Genus: Sagittaria
Species: S. subulata
Binomial name
Sagittaria subulata
(L.) Buchenau
  • Alisma subulatum L.
  • Sagittaria lorata (Chapm.) Small
  • Sagittaria natans var. lorata Chapm.
  • Sagittaria natans var. pusilla (Nutt.) Chapm.
  • Sagittaria pusilla Nutt.
  • Sagittaria subulata subsp. lorata (Chapm.) R.T.Clausen
  • Sagittaria subulata var. lorata (Chapm.) Fernald
  • Sagittaria subulata var. pusilla (Nutt.) Buchenau

Sagittaria subulata, the awl-leaf arrowhead,[2] narrow-leaved arrowhead[3] or dwarf sagittaria, is an aquatic plant species that grows primarily in shallow brackish water along the seacoast, in marshes, estuaries, etc. It is native to the Republic of Colombia, the District of Columbia, Venezuela, and every US state along the coast from Massachusetts to Louisiana.[4][5] It has also been reported as naturalized in Great Britain on just three occasions; only one of these is recent and here it appears to have become extinct by 2010. It is also recorded as a non-native on the Azores, and on the Island of Java in Indonesia.[6]

Sagittaria subulata is a perennial herb up to 40 cm tall. Leaves are submersed or floating, narrowly linear to ovate, not lobed. Inflorescence floats on the surface of the water.[4][7][8]


  1. The Plant List, Sagittaria subulata
  2. "Sagittaria subulata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  3. "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. 1 2 Flora of North America, v 22, Sagittaria subulata
  5. Biota of North America Program map, Sagittaria subulata
  6. Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Sagittaria subulata
  7. Buchenau, Franz Georg Philipp. 1871. Abhandlungen herausgegeben vom Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins zu Bremen 2: 490, Sagittaria subulata
  8. Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 343, Alisma subulatum, as subulata
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