Limnophyton obtusifolium (L.) Miq.

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (14)

Limnophyton obtusifolium

Picture: Bart Wursten

Limnophyton obtusifolium

Picture: Bart Wursten

Specimen citations: Display citations Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms: Sagittaria obtusifolia L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or perennial (semi-)aquatic herb, up to 1.5 m tall. Rhizome small; roots fibrous and spongy. Leaves emergent, erect; petiole up to 50 cm long, 3-angular in cross-section. Lamina sagittate, mostly hairless, with scattered pellucid dots, wider than the length or the midrib and basal lobes as long or longer than the mid rib; veins 13-17, 3-4 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 0.3-1 m long, branched with 4-7 whorls of flowers. Flowers bisexual or some male in the basal whorls, with greenish sepals and white petals. Fruit with up to 30 carpels, forming a globose head, 10-12 mm in diameter.
Type location:
Notes: See Lymnophyton angolense for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolium: leaves with a blunt tip (obtuse).
Habitat: Swamps, pools, seasonal pans and waterholes.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical Africa, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina and Malaysia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N,S,W
Growth form(s): Aquatic, annual, perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

Carter, S. (1960). Alismataceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 9 - 11. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 119.

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 84.

Martins, E.S. & Catarino, L. (2009). Alismataceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 8 - 10. (Includes a picture).

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 180.

Other sources of information about Limnophyton obtusifolium:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Flora of Caprivi: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Limnophyton obtusifolium
Flora of Malawi: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Flora of Mozambique: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Limnophyton obtusifolium

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Limnophyton obtusifolium
African Plant Database: Limnophyton obtusifolium
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Limnophyton obtusifolium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Limnophyton obtusifolium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Limnophyton obtusifolium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Limnophyton obtusifolium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Limnophyton obtusifolium
JSTOR Plant Science: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Plants of the World Online: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Tropicos: Limnophyton obtusifolium
Wikipedia: Limnophyton obtusifolium

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Limnophyton obtusifolium., retrieved 16 June 2024

Site software last modified: 10 May 2018 10:51pm
Terms of use