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Author: Addison Brown, 1861
Origin:  Japan, Korea
Soil:  Sand
Water:  Max
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  3 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  No: Spores; White - Cream-Coloured
Propagate:  Spores
Names:  Japanese Quillwort, Brasenføde, Brachsenkräuter
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Isoetaceae family was given this name by Addison Brown in 1861. It is found in the southern Korea and probably in other parts of Asia, growing on swamps and in lakes with little nutrition, down to two meters debt and a pH around 7. The caudex can grow to three centimetre in diameter, the leaves to 30 centimetres length.

Isoetes japonica and I. coreana are quite close. Both are submerged or amphibious. I. coreana  produces megaspore with irregular, branching crested ornaments on surface while I. japonica produces megaspore that has evidently reticulate ornaments. The trilobed caudex of Isoetes japonica consists of two distinct structures, viz. Stem and Rhizophore, to which the leaves and roots are respectively attached; but owing to the stunted growth of the plant, all external morphological differentiation between the two organs has been completely lost.

The genera name means 'all the same year round'. The species name indicate its origin from Japan.

Also seen as member of the Juncaceae  and Lycopodiaceae  families.