Accession Number : ADA322631

Title :   Sago Pondweed (Potamogeton pecinatus L.): A Literature Review.

Descriptive Note : Resource publication,

Corporate Author : FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE JAMESTOWN ND NORTHERN PRAIRIE WILDLIFE RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Kantrud, Harold A.

PDF Url : ADA322631

Report Date : 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : Sago pondweed (Potamogeton pectinatus L.) is a submersed macrophyte of nearly cosmopolitan distribution. The plant is of worldwide importance as a waterfowl food but also can be a nuisance in irrigation canals and recreational areas. The plant reproduces by many different means, depending on habitat and environmental stress. Several genetic ecotypes have evolved. Most important as waterfowl food are the turions (tubers), vegetative propagules rich in carbohydrates that are mostly buried in bottom sediments. In temperate wetlands, most turions sprout in spring, making sago behave as an annual. Drupelets (seeds) are the sexual propagules of sago and provide a mechanism for sago to survive periods of drought and excessive water salinity. Drupelets can be washed ashore or carried by birds for long distances. Sago decomposes rapidly at senescence, annually in temperate wetlands.

Descriptors :   *PLANT GROWTH, *FOOD, *WATERFOWL, STRESSES, ENVIRONMENTS, LITERATURE SURVEYS, WATER, AGING(PHYSIOLOGY), WETLANDS, SALINITY, HABITATS, BIRDS, CARBOHYDRATES, BOTTOM, SEDIMENTS, RECREATION, DROUGHT, CANALS, IRRIGATION SYSTEMS, TEMPERATE REGIONS, SEEDS.

Subject Categories : Biology
      Food, Food Service and Nutrition
      Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE