African Plant Database

Aponogeton abyssinicus Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Protologue : Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 351 (1850)  
Information on the genus : Aponogeton
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Aponogeton abyssinicus Hochst. ex A. Rich. var. abyssinicus (1850)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Aponogeton boehmii Engl. (1895)
=Aponogeton braunii K. Krause (1921)
=Aponogeton leptostachyus var. minor Baker (1875)
=Aponogeton oblongus Peter (1928)
=Ouvirandra hildebrandtii Kurtz ex Eichler
Taxon infra-specific
Aponogeton abyssinicus var. cordatus Lye (1986)
Aponogeton abyssinicus Hochst. ex A. Rich. var. abyssinicus (1850)
Aponogeton abyssinicus var. albiflorus Lye (1986)
Aponogeton abyssinicus var. glandulifera Lye (1986)
Aponogeton abyssinicus var. graminifolius Lye (1986)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Monoecious herb; tuber obovoid or elongate
Ecology : Temporary pools; water-filled ditches; dams and other seasonal gatherings of water; in 5-400 mm deep water; rice-fields; waterholes; pools in river; shallow water in boggy part of grassland; hollows on rock; irrigation channels; sandy-salty soils; 0-2700m
  Very variable. Four further vars. recognized in Kenya and Tanzania by Lye and described by him: var. albiflorus, var. cordatus (also in Somalia), var. glanduliferus, var. graminifolius.
  An attractive aquarium plant but eaten by fish and snails. Tubers locally eaten like sweet potatoes.
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Record n°174152
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