Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Alismatales

Aponogetonaceae - Cape pondweed family

Lye, K. (1989) Aponogetonaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Martins, E.S. (2009) Aponogetonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

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

Description of the family

Aquatic herbs, arising from tubers. Leaves basal, alternate, simple, submerged, aerial or with a floating lamina. Spikes exserted, simple or forked, enveloped in bud by a hood-shaped spathe. Flowers bisexual or female, actinomorphic. Perianth segments 1-3, petaloid, white, pink, red, mauve or yellow. Stamens 6-16, free. Carpels 2-8, free, sessile; ovules 2-8. Fruit a follicle, opening on the adaxial side. Seeds fusiform, in some species with a spongy outer covering.

Worldwide: 1 genus and 43 species, Old World tropics.

Botswana: 1 genus and 4 taxa.

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Aponogeton L.f.Description

Other sources of information about Aponogetonaceae:

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Flora of Caprivi: Aponogetonaceae
Flora of Malawi: Aponogetonaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Aponogetonaceae
Flora of Zambia: Aponogetonaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aponogetonaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Family page: Aponogetonaceae.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=16, retrieved 22 June 2024

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