A new species of Potamogeton (Potamogetonaceae) from the unique habitat: Montezuma Well, Arizona, U.S.A.

  • Jon M. Ricketson Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Glenda M. Ricketson Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Tina L. Greenawalt National Park Service, Montezuma Castle National Monument
Keywords: Arizona, Yavapai County, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Montezuma Well, Potamogetonaceae, Potamogeton, systematics, taxonomy, ecology, geology, Sinagua, endemic, new species


Montezuma Well is a geothermal limnocrene spring within Montezuma Castle National Monument, Yavapai County, Arizona, U.S.A. The Well’s unusual geological qualities, water chemistry, and a history of aquatic plant collecting are discussed. Evidence to support the fact that a unique species of Potamogeton has likely grown in this location for thousands of years and is now recognized as the seventh apparent autochthonous endemic species from this small area is presented. Although this new species shares a few superficial characters with P. illinoensis Morong, it is easily distinguished by its massive height (7–8 m tall), lack of floating leaves, long acuminate leaf apices of its submerged leaves, and bright translucent green leaf color. A complete description with drawing and photographs is provided.


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How to Cite
Ricketson, J. M., Ricketson, G. M., & Greenawalt, T. L. (2018). A new species of Potamogeton (Potamogetonaceae) from the unique habitat: Montezuma Well, Arizona, U.S.A. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 12(2), 447-459. https://doi.org/10.17348/jbrit.v12.i2.948