Potamogeton crispus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Potamogeton crispus
Species Authority: L.
Common Name/s:
English Curled Pondweed
French Potamot Crépu

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-04-05
Assessor/s: Gupta, A.K.
Reviewer/s: Juffe Bignoli, D., Zhuang, X. & Homsombath, K.

This is a widespread species which faces no major threat. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

This species is native throughout most of the old world, from Europe to Japan and the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, China and northern southeast Asia with discontinuous populations in Sumatra (Indonesia) and Australia. It also occurs throughout the Mediterranean including North Africa and through the Black Sea region to the Caucasus. Found throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa.

Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Austria; Belgium; Bhutan; Botswana; Bulgaria; China; Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt; Estonia; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Indonesia (Sumatera); Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku); Jordan; Kazakhstan; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Latvia; Lebanon; Lithuania; Malawi; Mozambique; Myanmar (Myanmar (mainland)); Nepal; Netherlands; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Russian Federation (Altay, Dagestan, Primoryi, West Siberia); South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, Free State, Northern Cape Province, North-West Province, Western Cape); Spain; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Swaziland; Sweden; Switzerland; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan; Viet Nam; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Although it is a common and widespread species there is no specific data on population numbers.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This aquatic plant grows in fresh and slightly brackish waters. It occurs in ponds, lakes, rivers and paddy fields.

Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No threats have been identified.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are in place.
Citation: Gupta, A.K. 2011. Potamogeton crispus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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