1. Family: Aponogetonaceae Planch.
    1. Aponogeton L.f.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa to N. Australia.

    [FWTA]

    Aponogetonaceae, F.N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

    Habit
    Aquatics
    [FTEA]

    Aponogetonaceae, K.A. Lye (Agricultural University of Norway). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

    Habit
    Small to medium-sized perennial herbs growing in seasonally wet soil or submerged in temporary pools or similar habitats, rarely in permanent water; leaf-blades and flowers often floating on the surface of the water
    Tubers
    Tuber globular to oval or more irregular in shape, usually grey to brown with very numerous roots from upper part Leaves usually with a long petiole and a distinct blade with a few parallel primary veins and numerous transverse secondary veins, but in some species, e.g. A. vallisnerioides, the leaf-blade is linear
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence with spirally or unilaterally arranged flowers in a loose or dense simple or bifid spike; spathe present, but usually very early caducous
    Flowers
    Flowers with white, yellow, mauve or bluish-violet petal-like appendages (tepals), rarely with tepals lacking
    Stamens
    Stamens with yellowish or brown anthers often early turning blackish; connnective sometimes protruding into a conical appendage; pollen-grains monosulcate, borne in monads
    Ovary
    Ovaries green, blue or lilac
    Fruits
    Follicles bottle-shaped with a distinct beak, containing 1–12 rounded to fusiform seeds, which are often prominendy longitudinally ribbed.

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    Distribution

    Doubtfully present in:

    Nepal, West Himalaya

    Native to:

    Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Borneo, Botswana, Burkina, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, East Himalaya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Guinea, New South Wales, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Queensland, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    California, France, Great Britain, Mauritius, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Victoria

    Aponogeton L.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Suppl. Pl.: 32 (1782)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • K. Krause & Engl. in Engl., Pflanzenr. 4, 13: 9 (1906).
    • F.T.A. 8: 216
    • Suppl. 32 (1781)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Bibl. Bot. 33, 137: 1 (1985), nom. conserv.
    • H. Bruggen in B.J.B.B. 43: 193 (1973)
    • K. Krause in E.P. IV. 13: 9 (1906)
    • Engl. in E. & P. Pf. II. 1: 218 (1889)
    • Suppl. Pl.: 32 (1781)

    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
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China
    The Malesian Key Group (2010) Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China (Version 2.0, 28 Jul 2010) The Nationaal Herbarium Nederland Leiden and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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 2019. 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