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Vallisneria americana Michx.
Tape-grass, American eel-grass

Vallisneria americana
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Hydrocharitaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Freshwater Aquatic

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: North America and Cuba; cultivated elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Vallisneria americana has been found in the following 5 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Present Native
Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area Present Native
Everglades National Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve Present Native

Vallisneria americana has been found in the following 6 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Collier County Native
Glades County Native
Hendry County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Palm Beach County Native

Vallisneria americana has been found in the following 9 habitats :
Blackwater Stream
Disturbed Wetland
Dome Swamp
Flatwoods/Prairie Lake
River Floodplain Lake
Sinkhole Lake
Strand Swamp
Swale
Swamp Lake

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Vallisneria americana
Copyright by: Shirley Denton