Alismataceae (weeds)

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Alisma lanceolatum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Harald Tuchtenhagen
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Alismataceae (weeds) - (water-plantain family)

The family has a world-wide distribution and contains more than 100 species of plants growings in swamps, water or wet environments. Some species have edible rhizomes and a number are important weeds that affect the cultivation of rice and some other crops. Examples of weedy species are California arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis) in the Americas and common waterplantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica) in Europe and other regions.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Froschlöffelgewächse
• English: water-plantain family (weeds)

The members of the family often have rhizomes, sometimes tubers. The leaves can be submerged, floating or emersed. They may be lanceolate, arrow-shaped or oval. The small flowers have 3 sepals and petals.

The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: