Illustration by Sydenham Edwards in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1815
Thalia is a genus of 6 currently recognized species. They all found in aquatic or marshy habitats, ranging in Africa from Senegal to Sudan to Zimbabwe, and in the Americas from Illinois to Argentina. Genus is named after Johannes Thal (1542–1583), a German doctor who wrote a flora of the Harz Mountains.
Semi-hardy in cultivation but needs protection against frosts. Can be propagated by seed or division of the root-stock in the Spring.
- Thalia dealbata Fraser - south-eastern USA
- 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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