Aponogeton desertorum Zeyh. ex A. Spreng.

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Synonyms: Aponogeton eylesii Rendle
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Status: Native
Tuber 1-2 cm in diameter, spherical. Stems to 30 cm or more. Leaves 6-9 per plant; petiole flattened; lamina 5-17 × 2-6 cm, oblong, floating; base cordate; apex obtuse, apiculate. Spikes 3-12 cm, forked; peduncle usually swollen above. Flowers arranged all round the rhachis, the spikes characteristically tapering above; perianth segments 2, yellow. Stamens usually 6. Carpels 3-5. Follicles 3 mm, brownish-yellow.
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Habitat: In rock pools or temporary river pools
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, DRC (Katanga), Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Images last updated: Saturday 14 April 2007

Martins, E.S. (2009). Aponogetonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Page 70.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 114.


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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: Species information: Aponogeton desertorum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103150, retrieved 21 October 2016

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