Echinodorus tunicatus

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Echinodorus tunicatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Alismataceae
Genus: Echinodorus
Species: E. tunicatus
Binomial name
Echinodorus tunicatus
Small in N. Am. Fl. 17(1):48, 1909

Echinodorus tunicatus is a species of aquatic plants in the family Alismataceae.

In Rataj's taxonomy E. tunicatus is in Section Longipetali, Subgenus Echinodorus

Sometimes seen as Queen of Hearts

Synonyms[edit]

E. longipetalus sensu Woodson et. Schery Ann. Mo. Bot. Gard. 30:101, 1943 (non Micheli)

Description[edit]

Leaves upright, up to 90 cm long, blades distinctly cordate, 15 - 30 cm long x 10 - 23 cm wide, petioles glabrous or muricate under the blade. The pellucid lines, visible under magnification, form a network that is unrelated to the pattern of the veins.

Flowering stem tem 70 - 120 cm long, usually straight, cylindrical or costate below, triangular between the whorls. Inflorescence racemose, having 5 - 7 whorls containing 12 - 25 flowers each. Bracts at the base ovate and lengthened to a long point, up to 6 cm long with broad membranous margins. Pedicels 2 - 3 cm long, sepals green, later yellow with about 30 ribs, during ripening enlarging to a length of 10 - 12 mm and fully covering the aggregate fruit. Petals white, 5 - 8 mm long, corolla 1.6 - 1.8 cm in diameter, about 30 stamens. Aggregate fruit 1 - 1.5 cm in diameter, achenes clariform about 3 mm long x 1 mm wide, usually with 3 facial ribs and 3 glands in an oblique row in the upper half of the body. Stylar beak about 1 mm long.

Distribution[edit]

Central America. First gathered in Panama in 1908, but now also known from Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Propagated by division or adventitious plantlets.

See also: List of plants of Cerrado vegetation of Brazil

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