Brasenia

Schreber

Gen. Pl. 1: 372. 1789.

Common names: Water-shield
Etymology: for Christoph Brasen, 1738-1774, Moravian missionary and plant collector in Greenland and Labrador
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.

Herbs, young vegetative parts heavily coated with mucilage. Leaves floating; petiole long. Leaf-blade elliptic. Flowers: sepals 3, not petaloid, linear-oblong to narrowly ovate; petals 3, linear-oblong, lacking auricles, base not clawed; stamens 18-36 (-51), opposite both sepals and petals; pistils 4-18, simple, 1-locular; ovules (1-) 2; stigma linear-decurrent. Fruits slightly to strongly fusiform. Seeds ovoid, tubercles absent. x = 40.

Distribution

Worldwide except Europe, mainly temperate and upland tropics

Discussion

Species 1 (1 in the flora).

Brasenia is known from the fossil record in Europe although it is not known to grow there currently.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

"shortened" is not a number.

... more about "Brasenia"
John. H. Wiersema +
Schreber +
not clawed +
Water-shield +
Worldwide except Europe +  and mainly temperate and upland tropics +
for Christoph Brasen, 1738-1774, Moravian missionary and plant collector in Greenland and Labrador +
protogynous +  and bisexual +
folliclelike +  and achenelike +
indehiscent +
fusiform +
short-petioled +
alternate +  and opposite +
swollen +  and club--shaped +
adventitious +
not petaloid +
nearly +  and distinct +
linear-oblong +  and narrowly ovate +
linear-decurrent +
Brasenia +
Cabombaceae +