Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Alismatales

Potamogetonaceae - Pondweed family

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

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

Description of the family

Aquatic herbaceous perennials with deciduous stems, forming colonies in water, submerged except for the spikes which are exserted at flowering time and, in some species, the leaf laminae, which may be floating or exposed on bare mud. Rhizome well-developed, rarely 0 or plants perennating by specialised turions. Flowers in axillary or terminal spikes, without bracts, bisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth segments 4, stamens 4. Carpels 4 (or fewer), free, 1-locular. Ovary superior. Ovule solitary.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 90 species, cosmopolitan.

Zambia: 2 genera and 7 taxa.

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GenusContent
Potamogeton L.Description
Stuckenia Börner

Other sources of information about Potamogetonaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Potamogetonaceae
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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: Potamogetonaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=185, retrieved 15 December 2017

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