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Family Limnocharitaceae

Description: Herbs, perennial, rhizomatous or stoloniferous, caulescent, glabrous; sap milky.

Leaves basal [alternate], submersed and floating [emersed], sessile or petiolate, sheathing proximally; blade with translucent markings absent, basal lobes absent; venation reticulate, primary veins parallel from base of blade to apex, secondary veins reticulate.

Flowers bisexual, hypogynous, pedicellate; sepals persistent, 3; petals deciduous, 3, usually delicate; stamens [6–]20–25, distinct; anthers 4-loculed, dehiscing longitudinally; pistils [3–]10–12, coherent proximally [distinct], 1-loculed; placentation laminar; ovules 50 or more.

Fruits follicles. Seeds: embryo U-shaped; endosperm absent in mature seed.


Distribution and occurrence: Genera 3, species 8.

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Alismataceae, Order: Alismatales)
Wikipedia

Text by Louisa Murray
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