Brasenia Schreb.
  • Gen. Pl.: 372 (1789) 
  • Бразения

Notes: Distribution: Cosmopolitan

General Description

Floating leaves peltate; submerged leaves absent. Sepals and petals persistent in fruit. Stamens 12–18. Carpels 6–18. Testa with cells of outer layer very characteristically elongated radially.

Leaves floating and peltate, submerged dissected leaves lacking. Stamens 12–18. Carpels 6–18.

Sepals 3. Petals 3. Stamens 12–18; filaments subulate. Carpels free; in fruit coriaceous, 1-(or 2-)seeded. —Herbs, with floating, entire, peltate leaves. Flowers rather small.


Benth. et Hook. f. Gen. Pl. i. 46.

in L., Gen. Pl., ed. 8: 372 (1789)

in L., Gen. Pl. ed. 8, 1: 372 (1789).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa East Tropical Africa Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Northeast Tropical Africa Ethiopia
  • South Tropical Africa Angola
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Southern Africa Botswana
  • Northern Provinces
  • West Tropical Africa Nigeria
  • West-Central Tropical Africa Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Zaire
  • Asia-Temperate China China South-Central
  • China Southeast
  • Eastern Asia Japan
  • Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Russian Far East Amur
  • Primorye
  • Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent Assam
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Australasia Australia New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • Northern America Eastern Canada Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Québec
  • Mexico Mexico Northeast
  • North-Central U.S.A. Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Northeastern U.S.A. Connecticut
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • Masachusettes
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode I.
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Northwestern U.S.A. Oregon
  • South-Central U.S.A. Texas
  • Southeastern U.S.A. Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Southwestern U.S.A. California
  • Subarctic America Alaska
  • Western Canada Manitoba
  • Southern America Caribbean Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Central America Belize
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Northern South America Guyana
  • Venezuela

Common Names



  • 1 Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. Continental Publishing, Deurne.
  • 3 B. Verdcourt (1971) Cabombaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa 0 (0)
  • 4 H. Wild (1960) Cabombaceae. Flora Zambesiaca 1 (1)
  • 5 (by Prof. Oliver). (1868) Nymphæaceæ. Flora of Tropical Africa 1 (0)

 Information From

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Flora of Tropical Africa
Flora of Tropical Africa. Published on the Internet;
Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca. Published on the Internet;
OpenUp Common Names
Common Names from the OpenUp! Common Names Service
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