Common name: Water-shield, Watershield
Brasenia schreberi J.F.Gmel. APNI*
Description: Spreading herb rooting at the nodes with stems, petioles and undersurface of leaves covered with clear mucilage.
Leaves with lamina c. 8 cm long and 5 cm wide, undersurface often red; petiole to c. 2 m long, dependent on water depth.
Perianth segments 9–14 mm long, dark maroon. Stamens 12–36. Usually 2 ovules per carpel.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread but rarely common, found in shallow freshwater lagoons or backwaters.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RC-+
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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