Limnophyton obtusifolium (L.) Miq.

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Limnophyton obtusifolium

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Limnophyton obtusifolium

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Sagittaria obtusifolia L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or perennial (semi-)aquatic herb, up to 1.5 m tall. Rhizome small; roots fibrous and spongy. Leaves emergent, erect; petiole up to 50 cm long, 3-angular in cross-section. Lamina sagittate, mostly hairless, with scattered pellucid dots, wider than the length or the midrib and basal lobes as long or longer than the mid rib; veins 13-17, 3-4 pairs arising from the base, arching to the leaf apex, the others curving down towards the tips of the lobes. Inflorescence on a stout peduncle 0.3-1 m long, branched with 4-7 whorls of flowers. Flowers bisexual or some male in the basal whorls, with greenish sepals and white petals. Fruit with up to 30 carpels, forming a globose head, 10-12 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolium: leaves with a blunt tip (obtuse).
Habitat: Swamps, pools, seasonal pans and waterholes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical Africa, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina and Malaysia
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Aquatic, annual, perennial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 22 October 2011

Carter, S. (1960). Alismataceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 9 - 11. (Includes a picture).

Martins, E.S. & Catarino, L. (2009). Alismataceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 8 - 10. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 180.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Tropicos: Limnophyton obtusifolium
West African Plants database: Limnophyton obtusifolium

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: Limnophyton obtusifolium., retrieved 29 October 2016

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