Pontederia L.

Pickerel Weed

Commemorating Giuliano Pontedera (1688–1757), Professor of Botany at Padua.

Perennial herbs with submerged, floating or creeping stems. Leaves floating, submerged or emergent, linear or stalked. Flowers in a spike, blue; summer. Perianth of 2 lips, each with 3 lobes. Stamens 6. Fruit a nutlet.

Grown for the strong foliage and spikes of blue flowers.

Division, cuttings or seed.

P. cordata has an edible 1-seeded fruit.

Flowers 2-lipped with each lip having 3 lobes, the lowermost more deeply cut.

6 species from North and South America and Caribbean. Australia has 1 naturalised species.

Lowden (1973).

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Pontederiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Commelinales
family       Pontederiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Pontederia cordata L.