Cymodocea K.D. Koenig

Description of the genus

Submerse aquatic herbs. Rhizome creeping, monopodial, with many vascular bundles; each node with 1– 5 branched roots and a short erect stem bearing 2– 7 leaves; scales ovate, scarious. Leaves with the sheath compressed, persisting longer than the blade, leaving a scar when shed and giving the stem an annular appearance; blade linear, margins entire but for the distal part which becomes serrulate or spinulose, apex ± toothed. Flowers solitary and terminal, enclosed in a leaf similar to others, a bud in the axil of the penultimate leaf lengthening to give rise to a sympodium. Staminate flowers stalked. Pistillate flowers sessile or shortly stalked. Fruit with stony pericarp, laterally compressed, semi-circular to elliptic in outline, with dorsal ridges and a beak.

Worldwide: 4 species in tropical and subtropical areas of the Old World.

Mozambique: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
rotundata (Ehrenb. & Hempr.) Asch.N,GI,M
serrulata (R. Br.) Asch. & MagnusN,GI,M

Other sources of information about Cymodocea:

External websites:

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

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: Genus page: Cymodocea., retrieved 10 August 2022

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