Aponogeton distachyos L.f.

Cape Pond-lily

Suppl. Pl. 215 (as A distachyon) (1781) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

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.

The floating leaf lamina of Ottelia ovalifolia may be confused with those of this species; however, O. ovalifolia does not have a tuberous rhizome.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Aponogetonaceae. 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, 2018-02-27
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
genus Aponogeton
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Aponogeton distachyos in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aponogeton distachyos in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales