Australia, Africa, Asia, America
Species commonly cultivated
Brasenia schreberi J.F. Gmel.
rarely recorded as weedy
attached, stoloniferous plant with floating leaves
Perennial. Creeping, stoloniferous stem rooted at nodes. Leaves floating (seedling leaves submersed), alternate, peltate, with elongate petiole; leaf blade oval (5 cm wide x 8 cm long); margin entire. All submerged plant parts covered with thick, clear, mucilaginous coating. Inflorescence a solitary flower opening above water surface. Flower borne on elongate, axillary pedicel; perianth of 6 to 8 segments, purple. Dispersal by stem fragments, hibernating turions and seed.
still waters such as lakes, canals, and swamps