Aquatic Plant Growth Forms


The leaves and stems are suspended in the water column or float free on the water surface with no roots anchored in the sediment


A submergent or submerged plant grows completely beneath the surface of water. Most submerged plants are rooted in the soil.


The leaves float on the surface of water while the roots are in the sediment.


An emergent plant is rooted in the soil beneath the surface of water with aerial stems, leaves, and reproductive organs