A rhizomatous perennial characteristically found in mesotrophic or meso-eutrophic, acidic or neutral standing waters in lakes, ponds and flooded mineral workings, or in canals and the backwaters of rivers. It may, however, occupy a broader habitat range in areas such as N. Ireland where it is especially frequent. It fruits freely, and also reproduces by turions. 0-480 m (Angle Tarn, Patterdale, Westmorland).
Although P. obtusifolius is better recorded than in the 1962 Atlas, the map suggests that it has declined throughout much of its British range. There is less evidence of decline in Ireland.
Circumpolar Boreo-temperate element, with a disjunct distribution.
Perennation - primary
Life Form - primary
Clonality - primary
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 601
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 155
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
Atlas Change Index: 0.96
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)
Pondweeds of Great Britain and Ireland. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 8,
, London, (1995)
Aquatic plants in Britain and Ireland,
, Colchester, (1997)