Scientific name

Lagenandra Dalz.



Native distribution

Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh

Species cultivated

Lagenandra lancifolia (Schott) Thwaites

L. meeboldii (Engl.) C.E.C. Fisch.

L. ovata (L.) Thwaites

L. thwaitesii Engl.

Adventive distribution


Weed status

not weedy

Brief description

Perennial. Leaves in a rosette along rhizomatous stem; leaf blade linear to cordate, involute in bud (cf. Cryptocoryne); margin entire or undulate; distinctly heterophyllous between emersed and submersed growth forms. Inflorescence a short spadix, enclosed in dilated base (kettle) of spathe; spathe tubular, limb ovate to elongate, usually twisted.

Natural habitat

margins of streams and ponds

Additional comments

Lagenandra contains 15 species, but only a few species are routinely cultivated for the aquarium or pond plant trade.