Ottelia ulvifolia (Planch.) Walp.

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Ottelia ulvifolia

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Ottelia ulvifolia

Photo: Christian Bravard
Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Synonyms: Damasonium ulvifolium Planch.
Ottelia lancifolia A. Rich.
Ottelia latifolia De Wild.
Ottelia plantaginea Ridl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Aquatic herb. All parts smooth or with only minute, unicellular teeth. Leaves submerged, only floating in shallow water, numerous, tufted, ovate-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 8-40 cm long, thin and often translucent, pale green to brownish-green, often with purple markings; petiole distinct or undifferentiated from a gradually tapering blade. Inflorescence appearing just above the surface of the water, peduncles 3-angled; spathes elliptic-oblong,ovate or nearly circular, c. 2-5 cm long. Flowers bisexual; sepals 3, lanceolate to linear, 8-15 mm long, translucent, pale green or pinkish-brown, darker at the tip and darker brownish veins; petals 3 obovate, up to 25 × 10 mm, yellow, white or white with a yellow base, often wrinkled. Fruit ovoid to oblong-cylindric, 20-40 mm long, opening by decay.
Derivation of specific name: ulvifolia: with leaves submerged in water
Habitat: Occurring in a wide variety slow flowing and stagnant waterbodies and watercourses.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical and subtropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 8 December 2010

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 274. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 124.

Symoens, J.J. (2009). Hydrocharitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 31 - 32.

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 185.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ottelia ulvifolia., retrieved 21 February 2017

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