Common name: Cape Pond Lily
Aponogeton distachyos L.f. APNI*
Synonyms: Aponogeton distachyus APNI*
Description: Tuberous aquatic perennial with leaves arising from near the apex of the tuber.
Leaves with lamina floating, elliptic, usually to c. 15 cm long and 5 cm wide; petiole to 1 m long, but normally c. 20 cm long.
Inflorescence forked, showy, white; each fork to 10 cm long with 6–12 flowers. Each flower with a bract-like perianth segment subtending the much shorter fertile parts of the flower. Perianth segment solitary, petaloid, ovate, 15 mm long, white. Stamens 15–20; anthers dark-coloured. Carpels 3–6.
Follicles flask-shaped, to 10 mm long, crowded along the branch.
Flowering: late winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of S Afr.
Minor weed of small water bodies.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
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