Vallisneria P.Micheli ex L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 1015 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Old World, N. & Central America, Caribbean.


Doubtfully present in:


Native to:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Algeria, Assam, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Congo, Connecticut, Cuba, Delaware, District of Columbia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Florida, France, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, India, Indiana, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Kirgizstan, Korea, KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Louisiana, Maine, Malawi, Mali, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southeast, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Caucasus, Northern Territory, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Pennsylvania, Philippines, Portugal, Primorye, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Sudan, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Extinct in:


Introduced into:

Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Mauritius, Netherlands, Poland, Réunion


Heterotypic Synonyms


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • F.T.A. 7: 5.
  • Sp. Pl. 1015 (1753)

Flora Zambesiaca

  • L., Sp. Pl.: 1015 (1753).
  • Lowden in Aquatic Bot. 13: 283 (1982).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Lowden in Aquat. Bot. 13: 283 (1982)
  • Sp. Pl.: 1015 (1753)
  • Wright in F.T.A. 7: 5 (1897)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Thomson, J. [469] K002906829 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. 5046] K001104591 Unknown Type Material Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 5046] India K001104589 Unknown Type Material Yes
Balgooy, M.M.J.; Byrnes, N.B. [1318] Australia K002907038 Yes
{Kostermans; Soegeng} [114] K002906968 Yes
{C. den Hartog} [826] Australia K002907031 Yes
Mckee, H.S. [10371] Australia K002907035 Yes
Raynal, J. [16.696] K002906970 Yes
White, M. [s.n.] Australia K002907034 Yes
Sands, M. [SANDS 5090] Australia K002907040 Yes
Sayers, D. [NGF 21841] Papua New Guinea K002906966 Yes
Kalkman, C. [BW 6219] K002906962 Yes
Womersley, J.S. [NGF 24755] K002906960 Yes
{C. den Hartog} [644] Australia K002907032 Yes
van Royen, P. [NGF 20056] Papua New Guinea K002906967 Yes
Streimann, H. [NGF. 44412] Papua New Guinea K002906969 Yes
Henty, E.E. [NGF 10558] Papua New Guinea K002906964 Yes
De Silva, F. [Cat. no. 5046] K001104588 Unknown Type Material Yes
[R. Cardin.] [4553] Australia K002907039 Yes
Hoogland, R.D. [5174] Papua New Guinea K002906963 Yes
Vanderplank, F.L. Tanzania K:SPC-35250.000 No
White, M. [s.n.] Australia K002907033 Yes
Blake, S.T. [21021] Australia K002907036 Yes
Brass, L.J. [29370] Papua New Guinea K002906965 Yes
Trapnell, W.G. [s.n.] Australia K002907037 Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 5046] K001104592 Unknown Type Material Yes
Brass, L.J. [32515] Papua New Guinea K002906961 Yes
s.coll. [Cat. no. 5046] India K001104590 Unknown Type Material Yes
{C. den Hartog} [837] Australia K002907030 Yes


  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.