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Robert F. Thorne

Annual, perennial herb, aquatic, freshwater or marine, bisexual, monoecious, or dioecious
Leaves basal or cauline, alternate, opposite, or whorled, generally ± sheathing at base, glabrous
Inflorescence: cyme; flowers 1–few, subtended by ± sheathing, entire or lobed bract; staminate flowers sometimes deciduous, free-floating
Flower radial; perianth tube 0 or much elongated, peduncle-like in flower; sepals (0)3, green; petals (0)3, colored or white; stamens (1)3–many, generally in 1+ series; ovary inferior, chamber 1, placentas parietal or basal, ovules 1–many; style lobes generally 3, linear, lobed or notched
Fruit: achene or berry-like and dehiscing irregularly, linear to spheric, submersed
Genera in family: ± 17 genera, ± 130 species: worldwide; some cultivated for aquaria, others noxious weeds.


Perennial, submersed to emergent, rooted in mud
Stems generally short, erect
Leaves generally ± basal, petioled; submersed blades generally strap-like, floating or emergent ones wide
Inflorescence terminal; flower solitary, persistent
Flower bisexual, fragrant; sepals 3; petals 3; stamens 3, staminodes 6+; ovary oblong, stigmas 6–9, linear, notched
Fruit oblong, irregularly dehiscent, generally ribbed
Seeds several
Species in genus: ± 40 species: tropical, warm temp Eurasia
Etymology: (Ancient name from Malabar, India)


O. alismoides (L.) Pers.

Leaves 10–25 cm; lower blades elliptic to ovate, upper blades cordate to reniform; veins parallel, curved
Flower: sepals ± 1.5 cm, 4 mm wide; petals 2–3 cm, obovate, white to pinkish; anthers bright yellow
Fruit < 4 cm, oblong; ribs 2–10, scarcely winged; tip beaked
Ecology: Ditches, rice-fields
Elevation: ± 50 m.
Bioregional distribution: Formerly e Sacramento Valley (Butte Co.), presumed extirpated
Distribution outside California: native to Africa, India, sw Pacific
Potentially noxious weed.

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