Limnophyton angolense Buchenau

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Limnophyton angolense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mabamba Bay near Entebbe, Uganda.

Limnophyton angolense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mabamba Bay near Entebbe, Uganda.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial (semi-)aquatic herb, up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves emergent, erect; petiole up to 1.2 m long but usually shorter, spongy and angular in cross-section. Lamina sagittate, usually somewhat constricted in the middle, pubescent, particularly beneath, basal lobes well developed, longer than the midrid, with an agle of less than 90 degrees; veins 17-25, 4-5 pairs arising from the base, arching to the leaf apex, the others curving down towards the tips of the lobes. Inflorescence on a stout peduncle, with 4-6 whorls of flowers, the lower sometimes branched. Flowers 15 or more in each whorl, bisexual or some male in the basal whorls, with greenish sepals and white petals.
Notes: This species can be distinguished from the closely related Limnophyton obtusifolium by the pubescent leaves and bracts; the much narrower angle between the basal lobes of the leaves and the larger number of flowers in each whorl (15 or more).
Derivation of specific name: angolense: of Angola, where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: In swamps, lagoons and shallow lakes.
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Worldwide distribution: Scattered through tropical Africa as far South as Angola, Botswana and Zambia.
Botswana distribution: N
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Content last updated: Saturday 18 October 2014

Martins, E.S. & Catarino, L. (2009). Alismataceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 10 - 11.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 112.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Limnophyton angolense
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JSTOR Plant Science: Limnophyton angolense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Limnophyton angolense
Plants of the World Online: Limnophyton angolense
Tropicos: Limnophyton angolense
Wikipedia: Limnophyton angolense

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: Limnophyton angolense., retrieved 15 June 2024

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