Aponogeton desertorum Zeyh. ex A. Spreng.

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Aponogeton desertorum

Mulembo River, Kasanka National Park
Aug 2006
Photo: K.J. Murphy

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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.
Type location:
South Africa
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, DRC (Katanga), Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,W
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 9 May 2017

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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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aponogeton desertorum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103150, retrieved 21 May 2019

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