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Brasenia schreberi

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Family: CabombaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb, 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[4], alternate, persistent; stamens 3--6 or 18--36(51), filaments slender, anthers opening lengthwise; carpels [1]2--18, ovaries superior, 1-chambered, ovules [1]2--3[5]. Fruit: achene- or follicle-like, indehiscent. Seed: 1--3, aril 0.
Genera In Family: 2 genera, 6 species: temperate, tropical America, Africa, eastern Asia, Australia; some Cabomba species cultivated for aquaria. Note: Separation from Nymphaeaceae (carpels fused, fruits berry-like) confirmed by molecular data (Les et al. 1999 Syst Bot 24:28--46).
Unabridged Note: Pollinated by wind (Brasenia) or insects (Cabomba).
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin, Robert E. Preston.
Genus: BraseniaView Description 


Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Christoph Brasen, 1738--1774, Danish surgeon and plant collector, leader of the 1771 missionary expedition that established the Moravian mission of Nain on the coast of Labrador (Charters & Hollombe, pers. comm.))

Brasenia schreberi J.F. Gmel.
Habit: Submersed parts covered with thick mucilage. Stem: slender, 3--20 dm, branching, red-brown. Leaf: centrally peltate; blade << petiole, 3.5--12(13.5) cm, 2--8 cm wide, elliptic to ovate, +- entire. Inflorescence: flowers 1 in axils. Flower: perianth 10--20 mm, +- red-purple or purple-brown; petals +- > sepals, linear-oblong; filaments thread-like; carpels (2)4--18, stigmas linear-decurrent. Fruit: 6--8(10) mm, oblong, leathery. Seed: 1--2. Chromosomes: 2n=80.
Ecology: Ponds, slow streams; Elevation: < 2200 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoR, CaRH, SNH, ScV, MP (exc Wrn); Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, Montana; eastern North America, Central America, South America, Africa, eastern Asia, eastern Australia. Flowering Time: Apr--Oct
Unabridged Synonyms: Brasenia peltata Pursh; Brasenia purpurea (Michx.) Casp.; Cabomba peltata (Pursh) F. Muell.; Hydropeltis purpurea Michx.
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti
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Citation for this treatment: Thomas J. Rosatti 2017. Brasenia schreberi, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 23, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 23, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Brasenia schreberi:
KR, NCoR, CaRH, SNH, ScV, MP (exc Wrn);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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