Common Name: DITCH-GRASS FAMILY
Habit: Annual [(perennial herb)], submersed. Stem: generally many-branched, thread-like, rooting at lower nodes. Leaf: cauline, alternate to +- opposite, sessile, linear, < 10 cm, < 1 mm wide; stipules < 15 mm, +- completely fused to blade, sheath-like, +- open. Inflorescence: terminal, head-like spikes with subtending bract, < 20-flowered; peduncle elongating after flower [or not], coiling or not, ovary base elongating after fertilization, becoming stalk-like. Flower: bisexual, minute; perianth 0; stamens 2, anthers +- sessile; pistils (2)4(8), simple, ovule attached to chamber top, stigma sessile, peltate. Fruit: drupe, +- nut-like, stalk-like at base, beaked, ovoid-oblique.
Genera In Family: 1 genus, +- 10 species: +- worldwide.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert F. Thorne, C. Barre Hellquist & Robert R. Haynes
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.