Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Cornales

Hydrostachyaceae

Stannard, B.L. (1997) Hydrostachyaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2)

Description of the family

Aquatic annual, rarely perennial, herbs, dioecious (in ours). Stipules present, small. Leaves submerged, basal, ± fern-like in appearance, 2-3-pinnatisect (in ours); petiole and rhachis densely covered with warty to tongue-shaped protuberances. Inflorescence emergent, spicate, (resembling the fruiting spikes of Plantago major). Flowers solitary in axils of spirally arranged bracts. Calyx and corolla 0. Male flowers a single stamen. Female flowers with a 1-locular superior ovary; styles 2. Capsule enclosed in the persistent bract, 2-valved.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 22 species, tropical and South Africa and Madagascar.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Hydrostachys Thouars

Other sources of information about Hydrostachyaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Hydrostachyaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Hydrostachyaceae
Flora of Zambia: Hydrostachyaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Hydrostachyaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Hydrostachyaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=105, retrieved 26 June 2016

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