Lagarosiphon verticillifolius Oberm.

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Lagarosiphon verticillifolius

Photo: Mark Hyde
Njiri Pan, Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Lagarosiphon verticillifolius

Photo: Mark Hyde
Njiri Pan, Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Lagarosiphon verticillifolius

Photo: Mark Hyde
Njiri Pan, Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Lagarosiphon muscoides Harv. var. major sensu Schinz & Junod
Common names:
Status: Native
Stems slender, filiform, 0.5-1 mm in diameter; leaves 6.5-15.5 × 0.4-1.2 mm, regularly whorled, occasionally subwhorled, linear, thin, transparent. Epidermal cells elongate, rectangular; each margin with 26-58 teeth on triangular protuberances, pointing upwards, sharp; central area mostly bordered by 2 parallel fibre lines (suggesting tramway rails), without transverse septa. Male inflorescence a spathe with 10-20 flower buds; male perianth whitish. Female inflorescence with narrowly ovate spathe valves; female flower with whitish perianth. Capsule narrowly ovoid, tapered above.
Derivation of specific name: verticillifolius: leaves in whorls
Habitat: Pams, dams and streams
Altitude range: (metres) 30 - 620 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Possibly Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Images last updated: Wednesday 6 September 2017

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 91.

Symoens, J.J. (2009). Hydrocharitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 22 - 23. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lagarosiphon verticillifolius
African Plant Database: Lagarosiphon verticillifolius
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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: Species information: Lagarosiphon verticillifolius., retrieved 27 February 2024

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