Ottelia fischeri (Gürke) Dandy

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Ottelia fischeri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Njiri Pan, Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Ottelia fischeri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Njiri Pan, Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Ottelia fischeri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Njiri Pan, Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Ottelia fischeri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Njiri Pan, Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

Ottelia fischeri

Photo: Mark Hyde
Njiri Pan, Via Lavu, Catapu, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Boottia fischeri Gürke
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Dioecious, aquatic herb. Stems erect. Adult leaves: lamina 11-22 × 6-13.5 cm, submerged or floating, elliptic, elliptic-oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, rarely ovate; base usually cuneate (only not cuneate in laminas more than 14 cm long); margin entire. Flowers unisexual. Male flowers up to 60 or more per spathe, up to 6 developing together at anthesis; pedicels exserted; petals white with a cream or rose base. Stamens 12; staminodes 3. Female flowers 1 per spathe; petals white with a yellowish base; ovary with 9-15 carpels.
Notes: J.J. Symoens in FZ 12(2), p. 33, under Ottelia exserta, comments that there are intermediates between O. exserta and O. fischeri and the two taxa may prove to be conspecific.
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Habitat: In water (of depth up to 60 cm) in ponds, swamps, drainage ditches on clay and rich silt soils.
Altitude range: 10 - 1100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,MS
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Content last updated: Sunday 3 September 2017
Literature:

Symoens, J.J. (2009). Hydrocharitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 35 - 36.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ottelia fischeri
African Plant Database: Ottelia fischeri
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ottelia fischeri
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ottelia fischeri
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ottelia fischeri
JSTOR Plant Science: Ottelia fischeri
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ottelia fischeri
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Ottelia fischeri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ottelia fischeri
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ottelia fischeri
Tropicos: Ottelia fischeri


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ottelia fischeri.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=179520, retrieved 26 June 2019

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