Alisma plantago-aquatica


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Alisma plantago-aquatica
Species Authority: L.
Common Name/s:
English Common Water-plantain
French Alisma Plantain d'Eau
Spanish Llantén de Agua
Alisma plantago-aquatica subspecies michaletii Asch. & Graebn.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-01-10
Assessor/s: Smith, K.
Reviewer/s: Zhuang, X., Nophasead, L., Homsombath, K. & Juffe Bignoli, D.
This plant is common and widespread in most wetlands. It is not considered to be in risk of extinction and therefore listed globally as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This is a widespread species, found from northern Europe to Africa and southeast Asia. It occurs from Europe east through the Caucasus, the Middle East, Siberia, Kazakhstan, the Himalayas and Mongolia to the Russian Far East, China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, as well as Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. It may be present in northern Lao PDR but this needs to be confirmed.
Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Andorra; Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Burundi; China (Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guizhou, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Mongol, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan); Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt; Eritrea; Estonia; Ethiopia; Finland; France (Corsica, France (mainland)); Germany; Gibraltar; Greece (East Aegean Is., Greece (mainland), Kriti); Hungary; India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Ireland; Isle of Man; Italy (Italy (mainland), Sardegna, Sicilia); Japan; Jersey; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Malta; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Netherlands; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal (Portugal (mainland)); Romania; Russian Federation (Central European Russia, East European Russia, North European Russia, Northwest European Russia, South European Russia); Rwanda; Serbia (Kosovo, Serbia, Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain (Spain (mainland)); Sudan; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine (Krym); United Kingdom (Great Britain, Northern Ireland); Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: It is relatively abundant throughout its range.There is no detailed information on global population numbers.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

This herbaceous perennial, and amphibious helophyte, occurs mainly in lowlands and will grow in most mesotrophic to eutrophic wetland types, along the margins of streams and rivers, to lakes, ponds and marshy pools. It may also be found in rice fields.

Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species faces no major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are in place or needed.

Bibliography [top]

Cook, C.D.K. 1996. Aquatic Plant Book. SPB Academic Publishing, Amsterdam/New York.

IUCN. 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2011.1). Available at: (Accessed: 16 June 2011).

Plants For a Future. 2010. Plants For a Future. Available at: (Accessed: 10/04).

Citation: Smith, K. 2011. Alisma plantago-aquatica. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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