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1. Cabomba Aublet, Hist. Pl. Guiane. 321. 1775.

Fanwort [probably an aboriginal name]

Herbs , young vegetative parts often with rust-colored pubescence, barely mucilaginous. Leaves submersed and floating; petiole short to long. Submersed leaves: blade in 3-7 dichotomously [trichotomously] branched, linear segments. Floating leaves: blade terminal, linear-elliptic [broadly elliptic], margins entire or notched at base, appearing only during flowering, inconspicuous [more evident in C . aquatica , a tropical species]. Flowers: sepals 3, petaloid, obovate; petals 3, oval, with proximal, yellow, nectar-bearing auricles, base clawed; stamens 3-6, opposite petals; pistils [1-]2-4, simple, 1-locular; ovules [1-]3[-5]; stigma capitate. Fruits elongate-pyriform, tapered to apex. Seeds ovoid [somewhat globose], tuberculate. x = 13.

Species 5 (1 in the flora): mostly tropical regions, Western Hemisphere.


Fassett, N. C. 1953. A monograph of Cabomba. Castanea 13: 116-128. O/rgaard, M. 1991. The genus Cabomba (Cabombaceae)--A taxonomic study. Nordic J. Bot. 11: 179-203.

Lower Taxon


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