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Temporal range: 115–0 Ma
(likely) Mid-CretaceousPresent
Cabomba aquatica 1 (Piotr Kuczynski).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
Order: Nymphaeales
Family: Cabombaceae
Rich. ex A.Rich.[1]


Cabombaceae is a family of aquatic, herbaceous flowering plants.[3] The family is recognised as distinct in the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group III system (2009). The family consists of two genera of aquatic plants, Brasenia and Cabomba, totalling half-a-dozen species.[4] flowering plant lineages.

Members of the Cabombaceae are all aquatic, living in still or slow moving waters of temperate and tropical North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Although found on all continents, the plants tend to go in relatively restricted ranges.[5]

The family has an extensive fossil record from the Cretaceous with plants that exhibit affinities to either Cabombaceae or Nymphaceae occurring in the Early Cretaceous.[5] One such likely Cretaceous member is the genus Pluricarpellatia, found in rocks 115 million years old in what is now Brazil.[2]

The APG system of 1998 included this family in the water lily family Nymphaeaceae, as did the APG II system, of 2003 (optionally). The APG III system of classification separated the family Cabombaceae from the family Nymphaceae.[6][7] The family is part of the order Nymphaeales, which is one of the most basal flowering plant lineages.


  1. ^ Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (2009), "An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG III", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 161 (2): 105–121, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00996.x, retrieved 2010-12-10 
  2. ^ a b Stevens, Peter F. "Cabombaceae". APWeb. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  3. ^ Watson, L.; Dallwitz, M. J. "The families of flowering plants, Cabombaceae". Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  4. ^ Brgaard, Marian. "The genus Cabomba (Cabombaceae) - a taxonomic study". Nordic Journal of Botany 11 (2): 179–203. doi:10.1111/j.1756-1051.1991.tb01819.x. 
  5. ^ a b Friis, Else Marie; Crane, Peter R.; Pederses, Kaj Raunsgaard (2011). Early Flowers and Angiosperm Evolution. Cambridge University Press. 9781139123921,. 
  6. ^ Iles, WJD (2014). "Reconstructing the age and historical biogeography of the ancient flowering-plant family Hydatellaceae (Nymphaeales)". BMC Evolutionary Biology 14 (1): 102. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-14-102. 
  7. ^ Saarela, JM (2007). "Hydatellaceae identified as a new branch near the base of the angiosperm phylogenetic tree". Nature 446 (7133): 312–315. doi:10.1038/nature05612. PMID 17361182. 

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