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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Brasenia schreberi

Water-shield, Purple Wen-dock

Scientific Name:

Brasenia schreberi

Genus:

Brasenia

Species Epithet:

schreberi

Common Name:

Water-shield, Purple Wen-dock

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cabombaceae (Water-Shield Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Aquatic

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Lakes, ponds, sluggish streams, floodplain oxbow ponds, beaver ponds. Rare in NC mountains and piedmont, common in coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable, S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

Notes:

Submerged plant with elliptical leaves floating on the surface. Submerged parts have a slimy coating whose function is unknown.

A pair of functionally male Water-shield blossoms showing pollen-laden stamens.

Will Stuart

A pistillate blossom in the lower left and a staminate blossom front and center.

Will Stuart

The underside of a leaf showing the thick gelatinous "slime" that coats the stems.

Will Stuart

A mass of blossoming Brasenia scherberi covering a sandhills pool in early June, Carolina Sanhills NWR.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/brasenia-schreberi/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700



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