Marsileaceae Mirb.
  • Hist. Nat. Vég. 5: 126. 1802. (21 Nov 1802)

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Notes: More details could be found in The Plant List v.1.1. Originally in The Plant List v.1.0

General Description

Plants small, herbaceous, in shallow water or on shores of lakes and ponds. Rhizomes slender and creeping with a siphonostele, covered with short side-attached hairs or glabrous. Fronds linear or with 2-4 obtriangular or fan-shaped pinnae attached at top of stipe, these floating on water surface or emergent. Spores formed inside bean-shaped sporocarps attached to stipe by a short peduncle. Sporocarps containing 2-30 sori, each sorus including both megasporangia and microsporangia. Megasporangium with 1 large spore; microsporangium with 16-64 small spores.

Three genera and ca. 60 species: Africa and Australia are the centers of diversity; one genus and three species in China.

Lin Youxing. 2000. Marsileaceae. In: Lin Youxing, ed., Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. 6(2): 336-339.


"Herbs growing in water or wet places, with wide–creeping solenostelic, sometimes hairy rhizomes"


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  • 2 Hist. Nat. Vég. 5: 126. 1802. (21 Nov 1802)

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