Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales


Cusset, C. (1997) Podostemaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2)

Description of the family

Submerged, annual or perennial, herbs, growing firmly attached to rocks in swift-flowing water, often resembling mosses, liverworts or algae. Stems well-developed, floating, often woody. Leaves with floating, often linear to filiform, dissected laminae and/or with small moss-like or reduced and bract-like ones. Flowers bisexual, solitary or cymose, actinomorphic or zygomorphic. Spathella present and persistent (Sphaerothylax) or 0 (Tristicha). Perianth segments 2-3 or 0. Stems 1-many. Ovary 1-3-locular. Fruit a septicidal capsule. Seeds minute, numerous.

Worldwide: 47 genera and 280 species, mainly tropical (especially America and Asia) with a few temperate.

Zambia: 4 genera and 4 taxa.

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Ledermanniella Engl.Description
Leiothylax Warm.Description
Sphaerothylax Bisch. ex KraussDescription
Tristicha ThouarsDescription

Other sources of information about Podostemaceae:

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Flora of Botswana: Podostemaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Podostemaceae
Flora of Malawi: Podostemaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Podostemaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Podostemaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Podostemaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Podostemaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=179, retrieved 17 December 2018

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