Butomus L.

Greek bous – ox, temno – to cut, referring to the sharp-edged leaves that discourage browsing by stock.

For description of this monotypic genus see B. umbellatus.

Grown at the edge of pools as an ornamental aquatic plant, with rush-like twisted foliage and clusters of pink flowers, the rhizomes spreading to form colonies. Needs regular division.

1 species from temperate Eurasia.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Butomaceae. 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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Alismatales
family       Butomaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Butomus umbellatus L.