Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Alismatales


Bandeira, S.O. (2009) Zosteraceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Byng, J.W. (2014) The Flowering Plants Handbook Plant Gateway Limited, Hertford, UK

Description of the family

Perennial herbaceous plants adapted to live in shallow sea water. Rhizomes creeping with tuberous nodes. Leaves simple, alternate with entire margins; linear or filiform; lamina parallel-veined, sometimes with a midrib. Inflorescence of 1 to several spadices each enclosed in a spathe formed by the sheath of the next leaf. Flowers unisexual, small, sessile, in two rows on a flattened axis. Petals absent. Stamens 2, fused back to back and appearing as 1. Ovary superior; carpel 1; ovule 1, pendulous. Fruit a small drupe, irregularly dehiscing.

Worldwide: 3 genera and 17 species occurring in temperate and subtropical coastal waters.

Mozambique: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

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Zostera L.Description

Other sources of information about Zosteraceae:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zosteraceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Zosteraceae
Wikipedia: Zosteraceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Zosteraceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=286, retrieved 26 September 2022

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