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Najas marina - L.

Common Name Spiny Naiad
Family Najadaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Fresh or brackish water[50]. Ponds, lakes and slowly-moving rivers at elevations up to 2700 metres in China[266]. Brackish or highly alkaline waters of ponds and lakes to 1000 metres in America[270].
Range Cosmopolitan, found in most areas of the world, including Britain, but absent from colder regions.
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Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Najas marina Spiny Naiad


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Najas marina is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from September to November, and the seeds ripen from September to November. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Water.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It can grow in water.

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Synonyms

N. major. All.

Habitats

 Pond;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young plant - raw[46, 61, 105].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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FOOD FOREST PLANTS

Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

A submerged water plant, succeeding in shallow fresh or brackish water[200]. This is one of the few genera of plants where fertilization takes place under the surface of the water[274]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required[274].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ as soon as it is ripe if this is possible. Otherwise store the seed in water in a cool place and sow it in situ in the spring. Division in the growing season[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Najas flexilisNodding waternymphAnnual0.3 4-8  LMHSNWa20 
Najas gramineaRicefield waternymphAnnual0.2 7-10  LMHSNWa10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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