Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect, emergent, perennial herb, rooting in substrate, most species monoecious. Submerged leaves strap-shaped, flat or occasionally terete; petiole not developed; emergent leaves with a long slender petiole, expanded and slightly sheathing basally; lamina linear to broadly ovate, or sagittate. Inflorescence erect or with non-flowering part bending, racemose, with flowers arranged in 1 or more successive pseudowhorls which are separated by a long axis; each pseudowhorl of 3 flowers and subtended by 3 partly united bracts; basal pseudowhorls of female flowers; distal pseudowhorls of male flowers. Female flowers with carpels numerous, free, spirally arranged; male flowers with stamens numerous; filaments broad. Aggregate fruit of 1-seeded achenes.

40 species, mainly native of North America; 4 naturalised in Australia, 2 in Victoria.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Alismataceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-06-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
family Alismataceae
Higher taxa
genus Sagittaria
Subordinate taxa