Butomus umbellatus L.

  • Family : BUTOMACEAE
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : Butomaceae
  • Synonym(s) : Butomus caesalpini Neck.; Butomus floridus Gaertn.; Butomus scutariensis Rohlena; Butomus umbellatus f. albiflorus F.Fromm; Butomus umbellatus f. submersus Glück; Butomus vulgaris Gueldenst.
  • Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Butomus umbellatus L.
  • Common name : Flowering Rush
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Still or slow-moving water of lakes, ponds, and channels
  • Comments / notes : The leaves are used in making mats and baskets. Baked rootstocks are used as substitute for bread
  • Key identification features : Leaves twisted, 30-120 cm × 3-10 mm, apex acuminate. Scapes terete, ca. 70 cm; bracts ovate, apex acuminate. Flowers numerous; pedicels 4-10 cm. Sepals pinkish white, greenish outside along midvein. Petals pinkish white. Filaments flat-tened, broadened toward base. Styles curved. Seeds small.
  • Flower, Fruit : May-July
  • Distribution :
    • Jammu and Kashmir : Kashmir
  • Native : Afghanistan, China, India, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan; SW Asia, Europe
  • Exotic/Native : Native
  • World Distribution : Temperate and subtropical Eurasia.
  • Literature :
    • Oleg P & Adam S (1984). Flowers of Himalaya. Oxford University Press: 1486
  • Read more :
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Deepak Kumar (2024). India Flora Online. http://indiafloraonline-ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Butomus umbellatus. Downloaded on 26 May 2024.

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