Hydrocleys

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Vegetative axis creeping, stoloniferous, basally rooting at nodes, distally extended and free-floating; each branch consisting of a group of leaves and terminating in an inflorescence capable of vegetative growth from the axil of the most distal bract. Leaves erect or floating on water surface; petiole very long, ± transparent; lamina ovate to orbicular with base cordate, to 7 cm long and 6 cm wide, thick and shining. Flowers single or several at nodes, long-pedunculate, each arising from the axil of a membranous bract; outer perianth green, 1.5–2 cm long; inner perianth yellow, deeper yellow basally, 3–5 cm long; staminodes with red-purple filments; anthers yellow; carpels (5 or)6, initially horseshoe-shaped, remaining open at maturity, but with the opposite margins touching.

About 4 species of tropical South America; 1 naturalised in Victoria.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Limnocharitaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
family Alismataceae
Higher taxa
genus Hydrocleys
Subordinate taxa