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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Cosmopolitan.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Elatinaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

Morphology General Habit
Small glabrous herbs, aquatic or found in damp situations.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or more rarely verticillate; stipules present.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers minute, solitary in the leaf axils.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 2–4 shortly connate at the base, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 2–4, free, white or pink.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens as many as the petals or twice the number.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary globose, 3–4-locular; styles minute, 3–4, spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit globose; somewhat depressed at the apex, wall membranous; seeds numerous, straight or curved; testa with a scalariform reticulation.

Native to:

Alabama, Albania, Alberta, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Austria, Baleares, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil Southeast, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, California, Central European Rus, Chile Central, Chile South, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, Ecuador, Falkland Is., Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Idaho, Illinois, India, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kamchatka, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Khabarovsk, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Labrador, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Louisiana, Madagascar, Maine, Mali, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritania, Mexico Central, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Morocco, Nansei-shoto, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Palestine, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Sicilia, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sumatera, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Transcaucasus, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Venezuela, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Siberia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Yugoslavia

Extinct in:

Egypt

Introduced into:

Azores, Botswana, Chad, Haiti, KwaZulu-Natal, Namibia, Niger, North Dakota, Senegal, Yukon, Zimbabwe

Elatine L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Thomas, D.W. [2998], Cameroon K000106292
De Silva, F. [Cat. no. 7454] K001127355

First published in Sp. Pl.: 367 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —Niedenzu in Engl. Pflanzenfam. 21: 274 (1925).

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 172 (1754).
  • Sp. Pl. 1: 367 (1753)

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