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Perennial, aquatic, rhizomes in mud.
Stem: elongate, leafy, ends floating.
Leaf: of 2 kinds: submersed, palmately dissected, opposite [ whorled], short-petioled, not peltate; floating, simple, alternate, petioled, peltate, entire; stipules 0.
Inflorescence: flowers 1 on long axillary peduncles, generally on or above water surface.
Flower: bisexual, parts ± free; sepals, petals each 3, alternate, persistent; stamens 3–6 or 18–36(51), filaments slender, anthers opening lengthwise; carpels 2–18, ovaries superior, 1-chambered, ovules 2–3.
Fruit: achene- or follicle-like, indehiscent.
Seed: 1–3, aril 0.
2 genera, 6 species: temperate, tropical America, Africa, e Asia, Australia; some Cabomba species cultivated for aquaria. [Taylor & Osborn 2006 Amer J Bot 93:344–356] Separation from Nymphaeaceae (carpels fused, fruits berry-like) confirmed by molecular data (Les et al. 1999 Syst Bot 24:28–46). —Scientific Editors: Bruce G. Baldwin, Robert E. Preston.
Unabridged references: [Les et al. 1999 Syst Bot 24:28–46; Taylor & Osborn 2006 Amer J Bot 93:344–356; Wiersema 1997 FNANM 3:78–80]
Unabridged note: Pollinated by wind (Brasenia) or insects (Cabomba).
1. Lvs floating; stamens 18–36(51); submersed plant parts covered with thick mucilage ..... BRASENIA
1' Lvs submersed, in flower generally also a few floating; stamens 3–6; submersed plant parts not or ± covered with thin mucilage ..... CABOMBA
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