Vallisneria gigantea

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Scientific Name: Vallisneria gigantea

Number of Blades/Leaves: 6

Mount: Available On Disk or on Suction Cup

Blade/Leaf Width: .63” (16mm)

Distribution: Vallisneria sp. is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.

Description: Vallisneria sp. is a genus of freshwater aquatic plant, commonly called eelgrass, tape grass or vallis. It is a submerged plant that spreads by runners and sometimes forms tall underwater meadows. Leaves arise in clusters from their roots. The leaves have rounded tips, and definite raised veins. This plant should not be confused with Zostera species, marine seagrasses that are usually also given the common name "eelgrass."


Closeup of live Vallisneria gigantea in an exhibit