Folia Geobotanica

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 159–234 | Cite as

A Taxonomic Revision of Stuckenia (Potamogetonaceae) in Asia, with Notes on the Diversity and Variation of the Genus on a Worldwide Scale

  • Zdeněk KaplanEmail author


A taxonomic revision of the Asian species of Stuckenia, a segregate of Potamogeton, is presented. Six species are recognized and their morphological descriptions, nomenclature and typification of relevant names are given. Distributions of all species are described and lists of representative specimens and distribution maps provided. Lectotypes are designated for 24 names and nomenclatural types are listed for 22 additional names. The correct name for the species known as Potamogeton recurvatus is Stuckenia pamirica (Baagöe) Z. Kaplan, comb. nova. Morphological variation at different levels within the genus is described and compared with different concepts of its taxonomic interpretation. Instructions on examination of key characters are given, together with a key to species. Colour photographs illustrate the general appearance of species as well as many identification details. The pattern of variation and taxonomic validity of the Siberian morphotypes S. subretusa and S. austrosibirica are analyzed. The plasticity of diagnostic characters of P. juncifolius and of P. helveticus from the European Alps, the infraspecific classification of S. filiformis in North America, and the taxonomic status of S. punensis described from Peru are also discussed.


Determination key Distribution Monograph Nomenclature Potamogeton Taxonomy 



I would like to thank the curators of the above-mentioned institutional herbaria as well as Leoš Klimeš, Bernhard Dickoré and Victor V. Chepinoga who allowed me to study their collections. Victor V. Chepinoga also kindly provided me with recent fresh plant material and Kateřina Jandová helped to take care of the cultivated samples. James L. Reveal, John McNeill and Karol Marhold provided useful comments on intricate nomenclatural issues and Tony Dixon improved the English of the manuscript. The research was supported by grant 206/06/0593 from the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, and by the long-term institutional research plan no. AV0Z60050516 from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The visits to the collections and libraries of the Botanical Museum of the University of Copenhagen, the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Nationaal Herbarium Nederland in Leiden and Wageningen were supported by the European Commission’s Integrated Infrastructure Initiative programme SYNTHESYS.


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