Blyxa aubertii Rich.
  • Mem. Cl. Sci. Math. Inst. Natl. France 1811(2): 19 (1814) 

Notes: Distribution: Tanzania to Mozambique, Madagascar, Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to NW. Pacific

General Description

Hermaphrodite, perennial. Stems very shortly rhizomatous, or erect and corm-like, simple or forked, up to 1 cm. in diameter. Leaves radical, linear to lanceolate, 2–35(–60) cm. long, 2–8(–12) mm. wide, attenuate to a narrowly acute or acuminate tip, patent or erect, mid-green to dark green, with up to 28 longitudinal veins and faint cross-veins. Flowers bisexual. Spathe: peduncle up to 50 cm. long; body of spathe 4–12 cm. long, 1.5–3 mm. wide, 6-nerved, with 1(–2) flowers. Sepals 5–10 mm. long, ± 1.2 mm. wide, green, often streaked with purple; petals linear, often twisted and folded between the sepals, ± 17 mm. long, ± 0.5 mm. wide, acute, white or reddish; stamens 3, up to 4 mm. long; anthers 1–1.8 mm. long, with a distinct connective-tip up to 1 mm. long; filaments ± 2 mm. long; ovary 40–55 mm. long, ± 1.5 mm. wide, greenish brown; perianth-tube narrowly cylindric, up to 15 cm. or more long; stigmas 10–15 mm. long, white or reddish. Fruit 40–60(–80) mm. long, 1.5–3 mm. wide, brown. Seeds ellipsoid or ovoid, 1.2–2 mm. long, 0.6–0.8 mm. wide, smooth or ribbed wihout spines, or ribbed and spiny with apical and basal spines up to 5 mm. long, light brown.


in Mém. Cl. Sci. Math. Phys. Inst. France, 1811(2): 19, 77, t. 4 (1812, published 1814); Cook & Lüönd in Aquat. Bot. 15: 9 (1983).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
  • Introduced distribution
Found in
  • Africa East Tropical Africa Tanzania
  • South Tropical Africa Mozambique
  • Western Indian Ocean Madagascar
  • Asia-Temperate China China South-Central
  • China Southeast
  • Hainan
  • Eastern Asia Japan
  • Korea
  • Nansei-shoto
  • Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent Assam
  • Bangladesh
  • East Himalaya
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • West Himalaya
  • Indo-China Andaman Is.
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Malesia Borneo
  • Jawa
  • Malaya
  • Maluku
  • Philippines
  • Sumatera
  • Papuasia New Guinea
  • Australasia Australia Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • Pacific Northwestern Pacific Caroline Is.
Introduced into
  • Northern America Southeastern U.S.A. Louisiana


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