Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Alismatales

Potamogetonaceae - Pondweed family

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

Symoens, J.J. (2009) Potamogetonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the family

Aquatic herbaceous perennials with deciduous stems, forming colonies in water, submerged except for the spikes which are exserted at flowering time and, in some species, the leaf laminae, which may be floating or exposed on bare mud. Rhizome well-developed, rarely 0 or plants perennating by specialised turions. Flowers in axillary or terminal spikes, without bracts, bisexual, actinomorphic. Perianth segments 4, stamens 4. Carpels 4 (or fewer), free, 1-locular. Ovary superior. Ovule solitary.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 90 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 7 taxa.

Potamogeton nodosus

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Potamogeton L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Potamogetonaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Potamogetonaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Potamogetonaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Potamogetonaceae
Flora of Malawi: Potamogetonaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Potamogetonaceae
Flora of Zambia: Potamogetonaceae

External websites:

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

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: Family page: Potamogetonaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=185, retrieved 6 December 2023

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