Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Alismatales
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Learn more about Najas from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 025-01-002:
Najas gracillima FAMILY Najadaceae
Slender Naiad, Slender Waternymph, Bushy Naiad
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Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Submersed aquatic (rooted); Forb
Habitat: Ponds, lakes, slow-moving streams, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas
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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaf margins minutely serrulate, with 13-17 widely separated spinulose teeth per leaf side
Leaves nearly opposite or appearing whorled
1 stamen in staminate flowers
Flowers in leaf axils
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