Pteridophyta: Salviniales

Marsileaceae - Water-clovers and pillworts

Crouch, N.R., Klopper, R.R., Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2011) Ferns of Southern Africa, A comprehensive guide Struik Nature

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1983) The Ferns and Fern Allies of Southern Africa. Butterworths, Durban and Pretoria.

Roux, J.P. (2001) Conspectus of Southern African Pteridophyta. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report 13

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1970) Pteridophyta Flora Zambesiaca

Description of the family

Small aquatic or semi-aquatic ferns, rooting in mud, with widely creeping, dichotomously branched rhizomes of indefinite growth. Fronds numerous, approximate to widely spaced, 1-pinnate with 2 pinna pairs in a clover-shaped cluster at the apex of a long, slender, cylindrical petiole or lamina lacking; veins dichotomously branched, anastomosing. Sporangia in closed sporocarps; sporocarps inserted on short stalks (pedicles)on the stipe (usually at the base), heterosporus.

Worldwide: 3 genera and c. 75 species worldwide, in arm-temperate and (sub)tropical regions.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 9 taxa.

Marsilea minuta var. minuta

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Marsilea L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Marsileaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Marsileaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Marsileaceae
Flora of Malawi: Marsileaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Marsileaceae
Flora of Zambia: Marsileaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Marsileaceae
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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: Marsileaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=133, retrieved 24 August 2016

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