Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Alismatales

Najadaceae - Naiad family

Obermeyer, A.A. (1966) Najadaceae Flora of Southern Africa 1

Symoens, J.J. & Triest, L. (2009) Najadaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the family

Aquatic herbs, with the brittle branches repeatedly forked. Leaves sessile in pseudowhorls of 3 or more, with an open folded basal sheath and a linear, dentate lamina; with 2 axillary scales. Flowers unisexual: male, a single stamen enveloped in bud by a closed spathe; female, a single ovoid carpel surrounded by a spathe or naked; ovule solitary; style filiform with 2-3 stigmas. Fruit a small narrow-ovoid nut.

Worldwide: 1 genus and c.32 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 2 taxa.

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Flora of Botswana: Najadaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Najadaceae
Flora of Malawi: Najadaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Najadaceae
Flora of Zambia: Najadaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Najadaceae
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Najadaceae
Wikipedia: Najadaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Najadaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=149, retrieved 30 October 2020

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