Ruppia cirrhosa

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Ruppia cirrhosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Ruppiaceae
Genus: Ruppia
Species: R. cirrhosa
Binomial name
Ruppia cirrhosa
(Petagna) Grande

Ruppia cirrhosa is a species of aquatic plant known by the common names spiral ditchgrass[1] and spiral tasselweed.[2] It is native to the Americas and Europe, where it grows in freshwater bodies, such as lakes. It is a thread-thin, grasslike perennial herb which grows from a rhizome anchored in the wet substrate. It produces a long, narrow inflorescence tipped with two tiny flowers. As the fruit develops the peduncle of the inflorescence curls into a neat spiral.

Taxonomy and nomenclature[edit]

A lectotype for this name is designated and the name is shown to be a homotypic synonym of R. maritima.[3] Consequently, R. spiralis has nomenclatural priority over R. cirrhosa for the long- and coiled-pedunculate Ruppia.


  1. ^ "Ruppia cirrhosa". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ Ito, Y., T. Ohi-Toma, C. Nepi, A. Santangelo, A. Stinca, N. Tanaka, & J. Murata (2017) Towards a better understanding of the Ruppia maritima complex (Ruppiaceae): Notes on the correct application and typification of the names R. cirrhosa and R. spiralis Taxon 66: 167-171

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