Illustration by Sydenham Edwards in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1815
Thalia is a genus of six currently recognized species found in aquatic or marshy habitats, ranging in Africa from Senegal to Sudan to Zimbabwe, and in the Americas from Illinois to Argentina. The generic name is in honor of Johannes Thal (1542–1583), a German doctor who wrote a flora of the Harz Mountains.
Semihardy in cultivation, it needs protection against frosts. It can be propagated by seed or division of the rootstock in the spring.
- Thalia dealbata Fraser - southeastern United States
- Thalia densibracteata Petersen - Brazil
- Thalia geniculata L. - Africa, Florida, Louisiana, tropical Americas
- Thalia multiflora Horkel ex Körn. - Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
- Thalia pavonii Körn. - Ecuador
- Thalia petersiana K.Schum. in H.G.A.Engler (ed.) - Brazil
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