Mayaca Aubl.

Leistner, O.A. (2005) Seed plants of southern tropical Africa: families and genera SABONET Report No. 26 SABONET, Pretoria

Description of the genus

Freshwater aquatic herbs, submerged, floating or growing in swamps, with slender, densely leafy stems bearing adventitious roots. Leaves spirally arranged, sessile, linear to filiform, without a basal sheath, bidentate at the apex. Flowers regular, solitary, aerial but without nectaries; pedicels long, in axils of sheathing bracts but may appear to be terminal. Sepals 3, free, green, valvate to subvalvate. Petals 3 free, shortly clawed, imbricate, white. Ovary superior. Fruit a loculicidal capsule opening by 3 valves.

Worldwide: 3-9 species in tropical America, 1 in tropical west Africa.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Mayaca:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Mayaca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Mayaca
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Mayaca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mayaca
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mayaca
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Mayaca

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: Mayaca.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2391, retrieved 18 January 2020

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