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[Annual, shrub] perennial herb, generally aquatic or semiterrestrial, dioecious or monoecious. Leaf: cauline, opposite, alternate or whorled; submersed blades pinnately divided, segments thread-like; emergent leaves simple, entire to divided. Inflorescence: raceme, spike, or panicle; flowers 1 or clustered, short-pedicelled to ± sessile. Flower: generally unisexual, small; calyx tube short, fused to ovary, lobes 2–4; petals generally 2–4; stamens 4 or 8, filaments generally short; ovary inferior, chambers 1–4, styles 2–4, separate, stigmas generally plumose. Fruit: fleshy or of nut-like mericarps, dehiscent or not. Seed: generally 1 per chamber.
6–8 genera, ± 100 species: especially southern hemisphere, some cultivated. [Aiken & McNeill 1980 J Linn Soc Bot 80:213–222] Haloragis erecta (Murray) Eichler not naturalized in California. —Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Plant from rhizomes, occasionally with overwintering buds (late in growing season); occasionally terrestrial. Stem: simple or branched, generally green. Leaf: submersed leaves generally whorled, 3–6 per node; emergent leaves entire to pinnately divided, occasionally bract-like. Inflorescence: generally emergent, spike-like, simple or branched, terminal, flowers in whorls. Flower: proximal pistillate, middle occasionally bisexual, distal staminate; calyx lobes 4; petals generally 4, ephemeral on staminate flowers, minute or 0 on pistillate flowers; stamens generally 8; ovary 4-chambered. Fruit: mericarps 4, nut-like.Key to Myriophyllum
± 60 species: worldwide. (Greek: many leaves, from leaf segments) [Ceska et al. 1986 Brittonia 38:73–81] Myriophyllum specimens best collected in flower or fruit.
Unabridged note: Plants should be washed first and then "floated" on the herbarium mounting paper in a shallow dish with water [see Ceska & Ceska 1987 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 73:825–827].
Monoecious; winter buds 0. Stem: > 1 m. Leaf: alternate, or whorls of 4–5 with scattered single leaves; submersed leaves > 2 cm, midrib and segments linear, segments < 10 mm, 14–20(40) per leaf. Inflorescence: spike, 3–12 cm, emergent; bracts 5–15 mm, 1–2 mm wide, >> flowers, generally entire to ± toothed.
Ponds, small streams; < 1100 m. Outer North Coast Ranges, Inner North Coast Ranges, n High Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, n Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area; to southern British Columbia, introduced in Oklahoma, Texas. Easily recognized by single leaves originating between whorls. Jul–Sep [Online Interchange]
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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Apr 18 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2012. Myriophyllum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=34266, accessed on Apr 18 2014
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