5473.000 Rotala L.

Clarke, H. & Charters, M. (ed. Moll, E.) (2016) The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names Jacana Media, South Africa

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the genus

Annual, or rarely perennial herbs, stems terete or quadrangular. Leaves opposite-decussate or verticillate, rarely alternate. Flowers small, usually solitary and subsessile in leaf axils, occasionally aggregate into racemes or spikes. Calyx 4-6-lobed; lobes often alternating with horned appendages; nectaries often present at the base of the tube. Petals as many as calyx lobes or 0. Fruit capsule with 2-4 valves. Seeds small with mucilaginous hairs.

Derivation of name: From the Latin rotalis meaning wheel-like, referring to the whorled leaves.

Worldwide: 40 species, 8 in southern Africa.

Mozambique: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
mexicana Cham. & Schltdl.
myriophylloides Welw. ex HiernNDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Rotala:

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Flora of Botswana: Rotala
Flora of Caprivi: Rotala
Flora of Malawi: Rotala
Flora of Zambia: Rotala
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rotala

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Rotala
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Rotala
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rotala
Wikipedia: Rotala
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rotala
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rotala

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: Genus page: Rotala.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1001, retrieved 26 March 2023

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