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Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)

Synonyms: Narukila cordata; Narukila cordata var. lancifolia; Pontederia angustifolia; Pontederia cordata f. albiflora; Pontederia cordata f. angustifolia; Pontederia cordata f. bernardii; Pontederia cordata f. brasiliensis; Pontederia cordata f. latifolia; Pontederia cordata f. taenia; Pontederia cordata var. albiflora; Pontederia cordata var. angustifolia; Pontederia cordata var. lanceolata; Pontederia cordata var. lancifolia; Pontederia cordata var. ovalis; Pontederia lanceolata; Pontederia lanceolata f. brasiliensis; Pontederia lanceolata f. ovalis; Pontederia lanceolata f. trullifolia; Pontederia lanceolata var. vichadensis; Pontederia lancifolia; Pontederia maculata; Pontederia mucronata; Pontederia nymphaeifolia; Pontederia obtusifolia; Pontederia ovalis; Pontederia rotundifolia var. nymphaeifolia; Sagittaria cerulea; Umsema mucronata; Umsema obtusifolia; Unisema acutifolia; Unisema cordata; Unisema cordata f. angustifolia; Unisema cordata f. latifolia; Unisema deltifolia; Unisema heterophylla; Unisema lancifolia; Unisema lancifolia f. trullifolia; Unisema latifolia; Unisema media; Unisema mucronata; Unisema obliquata; Unisema obtusifolia; Unisema peduncularis; Unisema purshiana; Unisema rotundifolia

Wikipedia Abstract

Pontederia cordata, common name pickerelweed (USA) or pickerel weed (UK), is a monocotyledonous aquatic plant native to the American continent. It grows in a variety of wetlands, including pond and lake margins across an extremely large range from eastern Canada south to Argentina. A few examples include northern rivers, the Everglades and Louisiana.
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Height [1]  30 inches (0.75 m)
Width [1]  18 inches (0.45 m)
Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Pollinators [1]  Bees
Structure [2]  Herb
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Central & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Byelarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    
Florida Peninsula United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coastal Rivers    
Laurentian Great Lakes Canada, United States Nearctic Large Lakes    
Northeast US & Southeast Canada Atlantic Drainages Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    
St. Lawrence Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Acadia National Park II 35996 Maine, United States
Algonquin Provincial Park IV 1868802 Ontario, Canada
Blue Ridge Parkway National Parkway V 73611 North Carolina, Virginia, United States
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge VI 16363 Delaware, United States
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Carolinian-South Atlantic Biosphere Reserve 310228 North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, United States      
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Colonial National Historic Park National Historical Park V 9316 Virginia, United States
Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge   Puerto Rico, United States
Edwin S. George Reserve 1297 Michigan, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
George Washington Memorial Parkway V   Virginia, United States
Georgian Bay Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Hobcaw Barony (North Inlet) National Estuarine Research Reserve 7585 South Carolina, United States
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park V 1926 Alabama, United States
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore II 8272 Indiana, United States
Kejimkujik National Park II 94203 Nova Scotia, Canada
La Mauricie National Park II 131706 Quebec, Canada
Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge VI 28351 Louisiana, United States
Little St. Simons Island   Georgia, United States
Moores Creek National Battlefield III 100 North Carolina, United States
National Capital Region - East National Park   District of Columbia, United States
New River Gorge National River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 55591 West Virginia, United States
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
Oconee National Forest Botanical Reserve 306 Georgia, United States  
Petersburg National Battlefield III 3338 Virginia, United States
Point Pelee National Park II 5764 Ontario, Canada
Río Pilcomayo National Park II 123699 Formosa, Argentina
Richmond National Battlefield Park III 1517 Virginia, United States
Rondeau Provincial Park II 5035 Ontario, Canada
Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Site   New York, United States      
Saint Lawrence Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Saratoga National Historical Park   New York, United States
South Atlantic Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 20317 South Carolina, United States  
Upper Miss. River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge VI 25823 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Western Michigan University's Asylum Lake Preserve 274 Michigan, United States



Apis mellifera (honey bee)[3]
Bellura gortynoides[4]
Bombus fervidus (Golden northern bumble bee)[3]
Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer)[3]
Pyrrhia exprimens (Purple-lined Sallow)[4]
Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae (water lily aphid)[5]
Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)[3]
Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)[3]
Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)[3]
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)[3]
Cyprinus carpio (Common carp)[3]
Lymnaea stagnalis (swamp lymnaea)[3]
Ondatra zibethicus (muskrat)[3]


Pollinated by 
Andrena pruni[6]
Andrena salictaria[6]
Anthemurgus passiflorae (passionflower bee)[6]
Apis mellifera (honey bee)[3]
Ashmeadiella bucconis[6]
Bombylius atriceps[6]
Carmenta pyralidiformis[6]
Chalcosyrphus nemorum[6]
Distichona auriceps[6]
Elachiptera costata[6]
Eurymus philodice <Unverified Name>[7]
Florilegus condignus[7]
Hylephila phylaeus (fiery skipper)[6]
Limnophora narona[6]
Lispe uliginosa[6]
Phasia robertsonii[6]
Syntomopus americanus[6]
Triepeolus donatus[6]


Shelter for 
Aedes albopictus (forest day mosquito)[3]
Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamander)[3]
Ameiurus natalis (Yellow bullhead)[3]
Anax junius (green darner)[3]
Anguilla rostrata (American eel)[3]
Aquarius remigis (Common water strider)[3]
Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)[3]
Calopteryx maculata (Ebony jewelwing)[3]
Castor canadensis (american beaver)[3]
Charadrius vociferus (Killdeer)[3]
Corydalus cornutus (dobsonfly)[3]
Daphnia ambigua (Water flea)[3]
Dolomedes triton (Six-spottedfishingspider)[3]
Etheostoma olmstedi (Tessellated darter)[3]
Gambusia holbrooki (Bore-drain fish)[3]
Geothlypis trichas (Common Yellowthroat)[3]
Hyalella azteca (Scud)[3]
Hypentelium nigricans (Northern hog sucker)[3]
Ictalurus punctatus (Channel catfish)[3]
Ischnura posita (Fragile forktail)[3]
Lampsilis radiata (eastern lampmussel)[3]
Libellula lydia (Common whitetail)[3]
Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri (Aquatic worm)[3]
Lithobates catesbeianus (American Bullfrog)[3]
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)[3]
Macrobdella decora (Freshwater leech)[3]
Macrocyclops albidus (Copepod)[3]
Micropterus salmoides (Northern largemouth bass)[3]
Nerodia sipedon (Northern Water Snake)[3]
Notemigonus crysoleucas (Golden shiner minnow)[3]
Notophthalmus viridescens (Eastern Newt)[3]
Pomoxis nigromaculatus (Strawberry bass)[3]
Procotyla fluviatilis (Flatworm)[3]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[3]
Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper)[3]
Rattus norvegicus (Norway rat)[3]
Semotilus atromaculatus (Horned dace)[3]
Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)[3]
Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)[3]
Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)[3]
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)[3]
Cyprinus carpio (Common carp)[3]
Lymnaea stagnalis (swamp lymnaea)[3]
Ondatra zibethicus (muskrat)[3]


E. Canada to C. America, Cuba, Brazil to N. Argentina; E. Canada to N. Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil to N. Argentina; Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake;



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1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
5Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake
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