Coontail

Photo courtesy of J. Madsen

Scientific Name Ceratophyllum demersum L.
Common Name Coontail
Family Ceratophyllaceae (Coontail)
Class Dicot
Description Submersed free-floating (rootless) plant, highly branched, with whorled palmately dissected leaves, flowers inconspicuous, prolific seed former; evergreen perennial
US Distribution All of North America
Worldwide Distribution Almost global in distribution
Ecology Submersed in 1 to 20 ft depth, wide range of water quality
Economic Importance None
Ecological Importance Important habitat for aquatic organisms, rarely produces a nuisance problem
Notes Almost ubiquitous in standing water
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