Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Malpighiales


Cusset, C. (1997) Podostemaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2)

Description of the family

Submerged, annual or perennial, herbs, growing firmly attached to rocks in swift-flowing water, often resembling mosses, liverworts or algae. Stems well-developed, floating, often woody. Leaves with floating, often linear to filiform, dissected laminae and/or with small moss-like or reduced and bract-like ones. Flowers bisexual, solitary or cymose, actinomorphic or zygomorphic. Spathella present and persistent (Sphaerothylax) or 0 (Tristicha). Perianth segments 2-3 or 0. Stems 1-many. Ovary 1-3-locular. Fruit a septicidal capsule. Seeds minute, numerous.

Worldwide: 47 genera and 280 species, mainly tropical (especially America and Asia) with a few temperate.

Caprivi: 2 genera and 2 taxa.

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Inversodicraea Engl. ex R.E.Fr.Description, Image
Tristicha ThouarsDescription

Other sources of information about Podostemaceae:

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Flora of Botswana: Podostemaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Podostemaceae
Flora of Malawi: Podostemaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Podostemaceae
Flora of Zambia: Podostemaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Podostemaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Family page: Podostemaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=179, retrieved 13 June 2024

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