Elatine

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Glabrous, prostrate, annual herbs; leaves opposite, shortly petiolate, lamina entire, nerves terminating at the margin in a small gland or pore; stipules deciduous. Flowers solitary in leaf-axils; sepals 3 or 4, obtuse, free, ± flat, inconspicuous; petals as many as but larger than sepals; stamens opposite sepals; ovary 3–4-locular; styles as many as locules, free. Fruit a membranous, depressed-globose capsule, dehiscing radially. Seeds c. cylindric, sometimes slightly curved, trabeculate.

About 20 species, cosmopolitan; 1 endemic species in Australia.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Elatinaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Elatinaceae
Higher taxa
genus Elatine
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