Family: Hydrocharitaceae

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Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Family Parent: Alismatales Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • Hydrocharitaceae - English, United States of America

Vegetative Morphology

Habit: Aquatic herbs, free-floating or rooted.

Leaves: Leaves simple, alternate, opposite, whorled, or often basal, submerged, emergent, or floating, often variable on the same plant.

Reproductive Morphology

Inflorescence: Inflorescence a cyme or of solitary flowers, axillary or originating from basal rosette of leaves.

Flowers: Flower bisexual, mostly actinomorphic; tepals 6, free or weakly fused at base, usually petal-like; stamens few to many; ovary inferior, 1-locular, often with deep partitions, the placentation laminar-dispersed or basal.

Fruit: Fruit a dehiscent or indehiscent capsule, fleshy or dry, often opening by decay.

Seeds: Seeds numerous per fruit, often dispersed by water.