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Western Quillwort
Isoetes occidentalis
About Western Quillwort (Isoetes occidentalis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Isoetes occidentalis (western quillwort) is a species of quillwort in the Isoetaceae family. It can be found in aquatic habitats of coastal Alaska and British Columbia south to California and Colorado. It is frequently found on Vancouver Island and around the Fraser Valley region. It bears 10 to 30 or more rigid, dark green leaves, each 5 to 20 centimeters long. The velum covers one fourth to one third of the orbicular sporangium, which is 5 to 6 millimeters in diameter. The ligule is shaped like a shortened triangle. The white megaspores are 500 to 700 micrometers in diameter and bear sharp ridges and crests. The microspores are 36 to 43 micrometers long. Though the leaves seem to bear resemblance to those of I. lacustris, especially the occasionally occurring reddish base, I. occidentalis is a hexaploid and I. lacustris is a decaploid.
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Annual Precipitation: 11.8" - 151.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.20" - 5.53", Coldest Month: 20.8" - 50.5", Hottest Month: 43.0" - 76.7", Humidity: 0.72" - 24.41", Elevation: 332" - 11227"

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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