5473.000 Rotala L.

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the genus

Annual, or rarely perennial herbs, stems terete or quadrangular. Leaves opposite-decussate or verticillate, rarely alternate. Flowers small, usually solitary and subsessile in leaf axils, occasionally aggregate into racemes or spikes. Calyx 4-6-lobed; lobes often alternating with horned appendages; nectaries often present at the base of the tube. Petals as many as calyx lobes or 0. Fruit capsule with 2-4 valves. Seeds small with mucilaginous hairs.

Worldwide: 40 species, 8 in southern Africa.

Zambia: 14 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
capensis (Harv.) A. Fern. & DinizNw,N
dinteri Koehne[DD]
filiformis (Bellardi) HiernB,N,W,SNw,N,Lk,S,W
fluitans PohnertS,W
fontinalis Hiern[DD]N
gossweileri Koehne[DD]N,W,CN,C
juniperina A. Fern.[DD]SLk,S
longistyla GibbsS,W
mexicana Cham. & Schltdl.S
milne-redheadii A. Fern. & Diniz Nw,Lk
myriophylloides Welw. ex Hiern[DD]N,SLp,N,S,WDescription, Image
serpiculoides Welw. ex HiernC,S
submersa Pohnert var. angustipetala A.Fern. [DD]N
tenella (Guill. & Perr.) HiernS

Other sources of information about Rotala:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Rotala
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Rotala
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rotala
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rotala
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rotala

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Rotala.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1001, retrieved 18 January 2020

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