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Cape Pondweed Family

Aponogetonaceae

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Aquatic herbs, arising from tubers. Leaves basal, alternate, simple, submerged, aerial or with a floating lamina. Spikes exserted, simple or forked, enveloped in bud by a hood-shaped spathe. Flowers bisexual or female, actinomorphic. Perianth segments 1-3, petaloid, white, pink, red, mauve or yellow. Stamens 6-16, free. Carpels 2-8, free, sessile; ovules 2-8. Fruit a follicle, opening on the adaxial side. Seeds fusiform, in some species with a spongy outer covering.
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Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings
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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. and Ballings, P. (2002-2014). Aponogetonaceae Flora of Zimbabwe website. Accessed 28 August 2014 at http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=16
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Mark Hyde
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Bart Wursten
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Petra Ballings
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