Limnobium Rich.

Steyermark, J.A., Berry, P.E., Yatskievych, K. & Holst, B.K. (eds.) (1999) Limnobium Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana, vol. 5. Missouri Botanical Garden Press

Description of the genus

Perennial, glabrous aquatic herbs. Roots 1 at each node with prominent root-hairs. Leaves floating, with a spongy layer of tissue on the underside; petioles long. Inflorescences unisexual. Male inflorescences sessile or pedunculate with flowers projecting above the water; sepals 3, greenish-white to yellowish; petals 3; stamens in 1-6 whorls of 3 with filaments united in a column. Female inflorescences usually sessile with fewer flowers; sepals and petals similar to those of male flowers; staminodes 2-6; ovary with 3-9 united carpels. Fruit ellipsoid to spherical, beaked.

Worldwide: 2 species, occurring in the eastern USA, Mexico, West Indies and C and S America

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Limnobium laevigatum

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laevigatum (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) HeineN,W,CDescription, Image

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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: Genus page: Limnobium., retrieved 4 February 2023

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