Water howellia (Howellia aquatilis)

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General Information

Water howellia (Howellia aquatilis) is a winter annual aquatic plant that grows 4-24 inches high. It has extensively branched, submerged or floating stems and narrow, linear, alternate (sometimes opposite) leaves up to 2 inches in length. Water howellia usually flowers in May and June, with small trumpet-shaped blooms ranging from white to light purple in color, at or above the water surface. There may also be small axillary flowers beneath the water surface. Water howellia reproduces only by seed which germinates when ponds dry during fall. This results in annual variability in population size depending on the extent of the previous season’s drying. Flowering occurs from June to August. The plant grows in areas that were once associated with glacial potholes and former river oxbows that flood in the spring, but usually dry at least partially by late summer. It is often found in shallow water (1-2 meters) and on the edges of deep ponds that are partially surrounded by deciduous trees such as black cottonwood and aspen. States in which Howellia aquatilis is known to occur: Currently known from California, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Historically found in Oregon. The plant has also been found on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in Washington.

  • States/US Territories in which the Water howellia is known to or is believed to occur:  California , Idaho , Montana , Oregon , Washington
  • US Counties in which the Water howellia is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Water howellia is known to occur:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Swan Valley Conservation Area, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
07/14/1994 Mountain-Prairie Region (Region 6)

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
04/16/1993 58 FR 19795 19800 ETWP; Proposed Listing of Water Howellia (Howellia aquatilis) as Threatened
04/18/2007 72 FR 19549 19551 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of Seven Wildlife Species and Two Plant Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region
07/14/1994 59 FR 35860 35864 ETWP; The Plant, Water Howellia (Howellia Aquatilis), Determined to Be a Threatened Species

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
09/24/1996 Water Howellia (Howellia aquatilis) Recovery Plan, Public and Agency Review Draft View Implementation Progress Draft
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
04/18/2007 72 FR 19549 19551 Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of Seven Wildlife Species and Two Plant Species in the Mountain-Prairie Region
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
08/30/2013 Water howellia (Howellia aquatilis) 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Water howellia.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for Water howellia.

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

» Other Resources

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