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Sagittaria Linn.


Description from Flora of China

Lophiocarpus (Kunth) Miquel (1870), not Turczaninow (1843); Lophotocarpus T. Durand; Sagittaria sect. Lophiocarpus Kunth.

Herbs, aquatic, often stoloniferous and tuberiferous. Leaves aerial, floating, or submerged, linear, lanceolate, deeply cordate, or sagittate. Inflorescences usually of 3-flowered whorls each with 3 bracts. Flowers unisexual or polygamous, upper ones male, with longer and slender pedicels, lower ones female or bisexual, with shorter and thickened pedicel. Stamens (6-)9 to numerous. Carpels numerous, spirally arranged, each with 1 ovule; styles apical or subadaxial. Achenes laterally compressed, margins usually winged, with an apical or lateral stylar beak.

About 30 species: tropical and temperate regions; seven species (two endemic) in China.

Lower Taxa


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