70.000 Alisma L. - Water-plantains

Description of the genus

Leaves erect. Inflorescence compound, pyramidal; flowers and branches in whorls of 4 or more, each whorl subtended by 3 bracts and several smaller bracteoles. Flowers bisexual. Sepals 3, appressed in fruit. Petals 3, longer than the sepals. Stamens 6. Carpels many, free. Achenes many, in a whorl, flattened laterally, ridged abaxially.

Derivation of name: an ancient Greek name for water-plantain.

Worldwide: 9 species in northern temperate zones and Australia.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Alisma plantago-aquatica

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plantago-aquatica L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Alisma:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Alisma
Flora of Zambia: Alisma
Flora of Zimbabwe: Alisma

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Alisma
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Alisma
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Alisma
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Alisma
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Alisma
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Alisma
JSTOR Plant Science: Alisma
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Alisma
Plants of the World Online: Alisma
Tropicos: Alisma
Wikipedia: Alisma

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Alisma.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=102, retrieved 2 June 2023

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