Typhaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizomatous, perennial herbs, emergent or growing in wet on soil, sometimes submerged and floating, monoecious. Leaves alternate, distichous, basal and cauline, with sheath at base; lamina parallel-veined. Inflorescence terminal; flowers arranged into dense, complex, globular heads or cylindric spikes. Flowers unisexual, each usually subtended by bracts; perianth of 1–6 tepals or 1–numerous slender bristles or scales, or perianth absent. Male flowers with (1–)3(–8) stamens, filaments free or united. Female flowers with superior ovary; carpel 1, with style unbranched, or carpels 2–3 with style 2–3-branched. Fruit small, dry, indehiscent or opening by a longitudinal slit; seed surrounded by copious endosperm.

2 cosmopolitan genera with c. 30 species; 2 genera, 5 species in Victoria.   

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Typhaceae. 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: Andre Messina, 2014-09-15
 
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
Higher taxa
family Typhaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Sparganium
genus Typha