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Genus Monochoria Family Pontederiaceae

Description: Attached emergent aquatic perennials or annuals.

Leaves radical, alternate, with sheathing base and a petiole-like stalk below an expanded blade.

Inflorescence axillary to a terminal leaf on each stem, racemose or umbel-like, reflexed at the fruiting stage. Flowers more or less actinomorphic. Perianth 6-lobed, fused at the base, blue or white. Stamens 6, attached to base of perianth, equal or unequal. Ovary 3-locular.

Fruit a capsule; seeds numerous, with prominent longitudinal ribs connected by numerous fine, close-set, transverse striations.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 6 species, tropical Africa, Asia & Australia. Australia: 4 species (native), Qld, N.S.W., N.T., W.A.

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

One species in NSW: Monochoria cyanea

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