Hydrilla verticillata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Hydrilla verticillata (L.f.) Royle
  • Common Name : Hydrilla, Baam
  • Plant Family : Hydrocharitaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 15
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Hydrilla verticillata Plant :

  • Habit : A submerged leafy fresh-water herb forming large masses' stem slender with fibrous roots, internodes long or short, rooting at nodes.
  • Leaves : Sessile, 4-8 in a whorl, linear, acute, entire.
  • Flowers :
    • Minute, dioecious, males shortly pedicellate, solitary in subglobose spathe, females sessile, 1-2 in a tubular 2-toothed spathe.
    • Sepals 3, ovate, petals 3 oblong, stamens 3, anthers large, reniform.
    • Ovary produced beyond the spathe into a filiform beak, 1-celled, styles 2-3, linear, stigmas fimbriate.
  • Fruit : Smooth
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : December
  • Significance : Generally grown in tanks and ponds.