Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Nymphaeales

Cabombaceae - Water-shield family

Wild, H. (1960) Cabombaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Description of the family

Aquatic herbs with perennial rhizomes. Stipules 0. Stems coated with mucilage. Leaves alternate, floating and peltate, sometimes also with submerged, dissected leaves. Flowers axillary, solitary, actinomorphic. Sepals 3. Petals 3, hypogynous. Stamens 3-18. Carpels 6-18 (in ours), free. Ovary with 1-3 ovules. Fruiting carpels indehiscent.

Comment: Differs from Nymphaeaceae in the free carpels.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 6 species in tropical and warm temperate regions.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Brasenia schreberi

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Brasenia Schreb.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Cabombaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Cabombaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cabombaceae
Flora of Zambia: Cabombaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Cabombaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=41, retrieved 28 February 2024

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