1. Family: Alismataceae Vent.
    1. Limnophyton Miq.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Old World.

    [FTEA]

    Alismataceae, Susan Carter. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1960

    Habit
    Perennial aquatic and marsh herbs
    Leaves
    Leaves erect; leaf-blade with obtuse to rounded apex; base sagittate or cuneate; blade and petiole glabrous, scabrid or pubescent
    Inflorescences
    Peduncle longer than the leaves; inflorescence of 4–7 whorls of flowers, the lowest sometimes with 2–3 branches; upper whorls of ♂ flowers, lower of hermaphrodite and ♂ flowers; bracts 3, membranous, glabrous or pubescent; bracteoles 3 or more, glabrous or pubescent, smaller than the bracts
    Calyx
    Sepals 3, spreading
    Corolla
    Petals 3, larger than the sepals, white
    Stamens
    Stamens 6; filaments broadened at the base
    Carpels
    Carpels 10–30, free, ovoid; style ventral; ovules solitary, basal; abortive carpels in the ♂ flowers 0
    Fruits
    Achenes crowded on the small receptacle, swollen, with lateral air-chambers, ridged
    Note
    This appears to be very rare, and has not so far been discovered in our area. A third species, L. fluitans Graebn., with linear-lanceolate leaves and small (3 × 2 mm.) achenes which are sharply ridged and shiny when dried, has been found in the French Cameroons and S. Nigeria A genus which is regarded by some authors as being monospecific However, the differences between the two species described here are constant, and too diverse to be variations of the same species

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Limnophyton Miq. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. Ned. Ind. 3: 242 (1856)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • F.T.A. 8: 209.
    • Fl. Ind. Bat. 3: 242 (1855)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Fl. Ind. Bat. 3: 242 (1855)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0