Tenagocharis latifolia (D.Don) Buchenau
  • Nachr. Königl. Ges. Wiss. Georg-Augusts-Univ. 13: 238 (1869) 

General Description

Annual herb from a few inches up to more than 1 ft. high (including the inflorescences), with erect leaves; flowers white; in swamps.

Petioles (5–)10–20(–25) cm. long; leaf-blade 3–11(–15) × 1.5–3.5(–5) cm.; base cuneate; apex bluntly acuminate; nerves 3–7. Whorls of 3–11 flowers, rarely up to 20; pedicels 6–11 cm. long, angular; bracts membranous, triangular-lanceolate, up to 1.5 × 0.5 cm.; bracteoles about 6, membranous, smaller than the bracts. Sepals up to 7 × 4 mm. Petals white, very delicate. Stamens with filaments 2 mm. long elongating to 4 mm. long at maturity; anthers 2 mm. long. Carpels about 5 × 2 mm., with sessile stigmas. Fruiting carpels 9–12 mm. long. Seeds less than 0.5 mm. long, minutely warted. Fig. 1.


HAB. Marshes and swamps; 1080 m.

; in swamps.


Ghana: Nasia, N.T. (fr. Dec.) Vigne FH 4670! Kamba, Lawra (Nov.) Harris! Damongo to Yapei (Sept.) Hall CC 893!

Mali: Douentza (fr. Dec.) de Wailly 5293! Gorinnta, near Dogo (Apr.) Davey 607!

Sen.: Roger 69! Bakel Heudelot 126! Matam (fl. & fr. Nov.) Trochain 983! Carabane, Casamance (fr. Jan.) Chev. 2593!

Guin.: Siguiri (Nov.) Jac.-Fél. 520!

N. Nig.: Nupe Barter 1509! Dikwa (fl. & fr. Apr.) H. B. Johnston 82!

Uganda Soroti, 14 Sept. 1954, Lind 260!


in Abh. Nat. Ver. Bremen 2: 3 (1869); Van Steenis in Fl. Males. ser. 1, 5: 118 (1954); Carter in F.T.E.A. Butomac.: 1, fig. 1 (1960).

in Abh. Nat. Ver. Bremen 2: 1 (1868); E.P. IV, 16: 6 (1903); F.W.T.A. 2: 298, fig. 278 (1936).


  • 1 F.n. Hepper (1968) Butomaceae. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3 (1)
  • 2 Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1968). Flora of West Tropical Africa , ed. 2, 3(1): 1-276.
  • 3 Susan Carter (1960) Butomaceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa 0 (0)

 Information From

Flora of West Tropical Africa
Flora of West Tropical Africa. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/efloras/
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/efloras/
World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/ Retrieved 2011 onwards
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