Lagarosiphon major (Ridl.) Moss
  • (Ridl.) Moss, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 16: 193 (1928)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Leaves up to 30x3 mm, alternate, densely crowded towards the ends of the branches, patent-recurved, minutely denticulate. Sepals and petals pinkish.

Diagnostic Description

Stems elongated, leafy; leaves sessile, linear; spathes sessile in the leaf axils; leaves spirally arranged; leaves patent-recurved, densely crowded towards the ends of the branches; dioecious.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
  • Introduced distribution
Found in
  • Africa South Tropical Africa Zimbabwe
  • Southern Africa Botswana
  • Cape Provinces
  • Free State
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Lesotho
  • Northern Provinces
Introduced into
  • Australasia New Zealand New Zealand North
  • New Zealand South
  • Europe Middle Europe Austria
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Northern Europe Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Southeastern Europe Italy
  • Southwestern Europe France


  • 1 Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2009). Flora Zambesiaca 12(2): 1-208. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 van Valkenburg, J. & Pot, R. (2008). Lagarosiphon major (Ridl.) Moss (Verspreidbladige waterpest) nu ook gevestigd in de Groene Ruimte in Nederland. Gorteria; Mededelingenblad ten Dienste van de Floristiek en het Vegetatie-Onderzoek van Nederland 33: 89-92.
  • 3 Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.: i-vi, 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 4 Symoens, J.J. & Triest, L. (1983). Monograph of the African genus Lagarosiphon Harvey (Hydrocharitaceae). Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 53: 441-488.
  • 5 Healey, A.J. & Edgar, E. (1980). Flora of New Zealand 3: 1-220. R.E.Owen, Government Printer, Wellington.
  • 6 Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1980). Flora Europaea 5: 1-452. Cambridge University Press.
  • 7Dandy, J.E. Lagarosiphon Harvey. Flora Europaea 5, 5 (1980).

 Information From

WCS higher taxonomy
  • A All Rights Reserved
  • B

    © Cambridge University Press 1980

    All Rights Reserved
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; Retrieved 2011 onwards
  • C See You may use data on these Terms and Conditions and on further condition that: The data is not used for commercial purposes; You may copy and retain data solely for scholarly, educational or research purposes; You may not publish our data, except for small extracts provided for illustrative purposes and duly acknowledged; You acknowledge the source of the data by the words "With the permission of the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew" in a position which is reasonably prominent in view of your use of the data; Any other use of data or any other content from this website may only be made with our prior written agreement.