PlantNET Home PlantNET Home | Search NSW Flora | Contact Us  
FloraOnline
Introduction
Plant Name Search
Index Search
Spatial Search
Identification Keys
Classification
Glossary
HerbLink (Type Images)
WeedAlert
Other PlantNET Sites
Other Data Sources
NEW SOUTH WALES FLORA ONLINE Printable Page

Family PHILYDRACEAE

Description: Caespitose and/or rhizomatous annual or perennial herbs usually of aquatic or damp habitats.

Leaves linear, mostly basal, with a sheathing base.

Inflorescence spicate or paniculate. Flowers zygomorphic, bisexual, usually subtended by spathe-like bracts. Perianth of 2 whorls of 2, free or fused, hairy or glabrous. Stamen 1; filament flattened; anther peltate, 2-locular, dehiscing by longitudinal slits, twisted or straight at dehiscence. Ovary superior, 1–3-locular, hairy or glabrous; style 1, simple.

Fruit dehiscent or indehiscent; seeds numerous.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 genera, 6 species, Australia to South-East Asia, Japan. Australia: 2 genera, 5 species, all mainland States except S.A.

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Philydraceae, Order: Commelinales)
Wikipedia

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept:

 Key to the genera 
1Perianth white to pink, outer segments fused at base; anther straightHelmholtzia
Perianth yellow, outer segments free; anther twistedPhilydrum

  Privacy | Copyright | Disclaimer | About PlantNET | Cite PlantNET