Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Alismatales

Hydrocharitaceae

Gibbs Russell, G.E. (1977) Keys to Vascular Aquatic Plants in Rhodesia Kirkia 10(2) 411-502

Obermeyer, A.A. (1966) Hydrocharitaceae Flora of Southern Africa 1

Simpson, D.S. (1989) Hydrocharitaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Symoens, J.J. (2009) Hydrocharitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the family

Aquatic, annual or perennial herbs, submerged or rarely floating. Stipules 0. Flowers unisexual or bisexual, mostly actinomorphic, arranged in a spathe. Perianth tube often present in female and bisexual flowers, usually extending to carry the flower to the water surface. Perianth segments 3 or 6, if 6, differentiated into sepals and petals, sepals and petals free. Stamens 2-many, staminodes often present in female flowers. Ovary inferior, of 2-15 connate carpels, 1(-3)-locular. Styles 2-15. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 15 genera and 80 species, cosmopolitan.

Zambia: 7 genera and 18 taxa.

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GenusContent
Blyxa ThouarsDescription
Elodea Michx.
Hydrilla Rich.Description
Lagarosiphon Harv.Description
Limnobium Rich.Description
Ottelia Pers.Description
Vallisneria L.Description

Other sources of information about Hydrocharitaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Hydrocharitaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Hydrocharitaceae
Flora of Malawi: Hydrocharitaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Hydrocharitaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hydrocharitaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Hydrocharitaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Hydrocharitaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=103, retrieved 21 August 2017

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