Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Alismatales

Cymodoceaceae - Sea grass family

Duarte, M.C. (2009) Cymodoceaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the family

Perennial, dioecious, submerged herbs, growing in the sea. Rhizomes present, herbaceous and monopodial or woody and sympodial. Leaves alternate, distichous, with distinct lamina and sheathing base; sheath auriculate; lamina linear, flat or needle-like; ligule present. Flowers enclosed by leaf-like bracts, usually solitary, sometimes in cymes (Syringodium); perianth 0. Male flowers consisting of 2 stamens borne on a filament. Female flowers consisting of two 1-ovulate carpels. Fruit indehiscent.

Worldwide: 16 species in 5 genera, mainly in tropical or subtropical waters, less often in temperate seas.

Mozambique: 4 genera and 6 taxa.

Thalassodendron ciliatum

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Cymodocea K.D. KoenigDescription
Halodule Endl.Description
Syringodium Kütz.Description
Thalassodendron HartogDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cymodoceaceae:

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Cymodoceaceae.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=287, retrieved 27 March 2023

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