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Family Nymphaeaceae

Description: Perennial aquatic herbs. Stems either reduced and corm-like or rhizomatous.

Leaves alternate, broad-linear to circular, cordate [or peltate]; long-petiolate.

Flowers axillary, solitary. Sepals 4–6, free or fused to the ovary. Petals numerous [sometimes reduced]. Stamens numerous, free or fused to the petals. Carpels 3–numerous, fused or mostly so.

Fruit a berry; seeds numerous, arillate or not.


Distribution and occurrence: 6World: 6 genera, c. 80 species, cosmopolitan. Australia: 2 genera, c. 16 species, Qld, N.S.W., Vic., N.T., W.A.

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Nymphaeaceae, Order: Nymphaeales)
Wikipedia

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs (1993); edited KL Wilson (June 2010)
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Nymphaea


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