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Foliage of H. palustris
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Subfamily: Primuloideae
Genus: Hottonia

Hottonia is a genus of aquatic flowering plant in the family Primulaceae. It comprises two species, both of which are known by the common name featherfoil:[1]

Inflorescences of the two Hottonia species

The two species differ markedly in the size of the flowers, which are showy in the Eurasian H. palustris but much smaller in the North American H. inflata, and in the thickness of the stem, which is swollen in H. inflata but not in H. palustris.[1] The two species also differ in their breeding system: H. palustris is heterostylous, whereas H. inflata is not.[2]

Carl Linnaeus named the genus in his 1753 book Species Plantarum,[1] commemorating the botanist Peter Hotton.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • T. L. Prankerd (1911). "On the structure and biology of the genus Hottonia". Annals of Botany. old series. 25 (1): 253–268. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.aob.a089318.


  1. ^ a b c Anita F. Cholewa (2009). "Hottonia Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 145. 1753; Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 72. 1754". Magnoliophyta: Paeoniaceae to Ericaceae. Flora of North America. 8. Oxford University Press. p. 259. ISBN 978-0-19-534026-6.
  2. ^ Austin R. Mast, Sylvia Kelso & Elena Conti (2006). "Are any primroses (Primula) primitively monomorphic?" (PDF pre-print). New Phytologist. 171 (3): 605–616. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01700.x. PMID 16866962.
  3. ^ David Gledhill (2002). The Names of Plants (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-521-52340-0.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Hottonia at Wikimedia Commons