Aponogeton desertorum Zeyh. ex A. Spreng.

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Aponogeton desertorum

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Mulembo (FEOW: Bangweulu-Mweru)

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Synonyms: Aponogeton eylesii Rendle
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Status: Native
Tuber 1-2 cm in diameter, spherical. Stems to 30 cm or more. Leaves 6-9 per plant; petiole flattened; lamina 5-17 × 2-6 cm, oblong, floating; base cordate; apex obtuse, apiculate. Spikes 3-12 cm, forked; peduncle usually swollen above. Flowers arranged all round the rhachis, the spikes characteristically tapering above; perianth segments 2, yellow. Stamens usually 6. Carpels 3-5. Follicles 3 mm, brownish-yellow.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, DRC (Katanga), Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 119.

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 85.

Martins, E.S. (2009). Aponogetonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Page 70.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 114.

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Flora of Mozambique: Aponogeton desertorum
Flora of Zambia: Aponogeton desertorum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aponogeton desertorum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aponogeton desertorum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aponogeton desertorum
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Wikipedia: Aponogeton desertorum

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: Species information: Aponogeton desertorum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103150, retrieved 30 May 2024

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