Suppl. Pl. 215 (as A distachyon) (1781) APNI
Rhizome usually c. 2 cm diam. Leaves with petiole to 60(–120) cm long; lamina floating, c. 17–35 cm long and 4–8.5 cm wide. Inflorescence sweetly fragrant, showy; spike axis white to cream-coloured; 8–14-flowered. Perianth white to pale pink, 1–2.5 cm long; stamens c. 15–20; anthers dark purple; carpels 3–6. Fruiting carpels up to 1.5 cm long, with 2–4 seeds per carpel. Seedling initially with terete leaves. Flowers throughout year, possibly less so Jun.–Aug.
*CVU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW, Tas. Native to South Africa. Naturalised in New Zealand, Europe and South America. It is commonly cultivated in ponds and most naturalised occurrences (e.g. farm dams, reservoirs etc.) are derived from this source.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|