Brasenia schreberi J.F. Gmel.

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Brasenia schreberi

Photo: Brian Rode
Ngamiland Concession 22 - Vumbura, Okavango

Brasenia schreberi

Photo: Brian Rode
Ngamiland Concession 22 - Vumbura, Okavango Delta

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Synonyms: Brasenia peltata Pursh
Brasenia peltata Pursh
Brasenia purpurea (Michx.) Casp.
Brasenia purpurea (Michx.) Casp.
Hydropeltis purpurea Michx.
Common names:
Status: Native
Hairless aquatic herb with submerged parts covered in clear, slimy mucilage. Leaves floating, more or less circular, c. 7 × 5-7 cm, peltate, green above, reddish-brown to purplish beneath, 12-veined from the apex of the petiole; margin entire; petiole reddish-brown, up to 1 m long depending on the depth of the waster. Flowers solitary on peduncles up to 8 cm long. Petals and sepals 3, similar, purplish or brownish-red. Stamens with slender papillose filaments up to 1 cm long. Carpels narrowly lanceolate-ovoid to ellipsoid up to 7 × 2 mm when ripe, beaked by the persistent stigma.
Derivation of specific name: schreberi: after Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739-1810), German botanist and zoologist who was a student of Linnaeus.
Habitat: Aquatic in moderately deep water, often growing together with Nymphaea spp.
Altitude range: (metres)
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana. Also in North America, India, Japan and Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
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Ellery, K. & W. (1997). Plants of the Okavango Delta, a Field Guide Tsaro Publishers, Durban, South Africa Page 141. (Includes a picture).

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 31.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 37.

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 76. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 42.

Wild, H. (1960). Cabombaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 173 - 175. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Brasenia schreberi
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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: Brasenia schreberi., retrieved 16 April 2024

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