921.000 Eichhornia Kunth

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Catarino, L. & Martins, E.S. (2010) Pontederiaceae FZ 13(2) 69-76

Description of the genus

Perennial aquatic herbs, rooted or free-floating. Leaves emergent (in ours), floating or submerged; petiole sometimes markedly swollen; lamina linear in some submerged forms, otherwise ovate to ± circular. Flowers 1-several-flowered racemes or spikes. Perianth funnel-shaped, zygomorphic, with a ± curved tube and 6 subequal spreading lobes. Stamens 6. Ovary 3-locular; ovules numerous. Capsule fusiform, covered with withering and persistent perianth. Seeds numerous, small, finely ribbed.

Derivation of name: Named after J.A.F. Eichhorn, 1779-1856, a Prussian statesman.

Worldwide: 7 species in tropical America

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Eichhornia crassipes

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
crassipes (Mart.) SolmsN,W,C,SDescription, Image
natans (P. Beauv.) SolmsN,S

Other sources of information about Eichhornia:

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Flora of Mozambique: Eichhornia
Flora of Zambia: Eichhornia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eichhornia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eichhornia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Eichhornia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eichhornia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eichhornia
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eichhornia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Eichhornia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=322, retrieved 20 December 2014

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