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Isoëtes louisianensis Thieret, Sida. 5: 129. 1973.

Louisiana quillwort

Plants aquatic, emergent. Rootstock nearly globose, 2-lobed. Leaves evergreen, bright green, pale toward base, spirally arranged to 40 cm, pliant, gradually tapering to tip. Velum covering less than 1/2 of sporangium. Sporangium wall brown-streaked. Megaspores white, 500--625 μm diam., cristate with thick ridges; girdle obscure. Microspores brown in mass, 25--35 μm, spinulose. 2n = 44.

Spores mature winter-early spring. Creeks; of conservation concern; La.

Isoëtes louisianensis is known from drainage streams in St. Tammany and Washington parishes in southeastern Louisiana. Based on the reticulate texture of the megaspore, it is possible that I. louisianensis represents an allotetraploid with I. engelmannii as one of its parents. Isoëtes louisianensis may represent I. engelmannii x melanopoda (B. M. Boom 1982). Spores are uniform in size and texture and readily germinate in culture.


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