African Aponogetons


Aponogeton abyssinicus Hochst. ex A.Rich. Tent. Fl. Abyss. ii. 351.

Found all over East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and South Zaire, not a great aquarium plant - produces a few submerged leaves then produces only floating leaves.


Aponogeton afroviolaceus Lye Bot. Not. 129(1): 68 (1976), nom. nov.

Primarily floating leaves. Seasonal in nature. No records of success in aquaria.


Aponogeton angustifolium Ait. Hort. Kew. i. 495.

Like a miniature form of A. distachyos, the plant is rare and protected.


Aponogeton asureus H.Bruggen Mitt. Bot. Staatssamml. München 12: 105 (1975).

Known only from one pool in Namibia, and not seen there since the first collection. On the IUCN Red List as a "Data Deficient" species.


Aponogeton bogneri H.Bruggen Bull. Jard. Bot. Natl. Belg. 43(1-2): 207. 1973

From Zaire. Perhaps Zambia. Only known from herbarium sheet. Grows in deep fast flowing water.


Aponogeton distachyos L.f. Supplementum Plantarum 1782

Water Hawthorne. Originally found in the Cape of South Africa this species has been migrated by man all over the world primarily as a decorative pond plant, although the tubers are eaten as potatos would be in some parts of Africa and the vanilla scented flowers are used canned or fresh in a lamb stew in South Africa.


Aponogeton fotianus Raynal Adansonia sér. 2, 9: 551. 1970

It's from Chad. Other than that no information seems to exist for this poor thing.


Aponogeton junceus Lehm. Del. Sem. Hort. Hamburg (1833); Linnaea, x. Litt.-Ber. 76 (1836)

Three subspecies. Another Aponogeton with only floating leaves but with flowers that more like nominal aquarium types. Found all over in Southern Africa.


Aponogeton natalense Oliv. Hooker's Icon. Pl. 15: t. 1471. 1884 [1883-1885 publ. Sep 1884]

Another one in a seemingly endless succession of floating leaved African Aponogetons.


Aponogeton nudiflorus Peter Abh. Ges. Wiss. Gottingen n. f. xiii. II. 40, 41; et in Fedde, Repert. Beih. xl. 1. 117 et in Fedde, Repert. Beih. xl. 1. Anhang, 10 (1929). 1928

The nudie Aponogeton. I'm losing it. I've been looking at these stupid things to long.


Aponogeton ranunculiflorus Jacot Guill. & Marais Kew Bull. 27 (3): 563 (1972).

Floating leaved plant with Ranunculus looking flowers.


Aponogeton rehmannii Oliv. Hooker's Icon. Pl. 15: t. 1471B. 1884 [1883-1885 publ. Sep 1884]

Floating leaves. Known for a long time (1883)


Aponogeton stuhlmannii Engl. Notizbl. Königl. Bot. Gart. Berlin 1: 26. 1895

Aponogetonaceae Aponogeton stuhlmannii Engl. Notizbl. Königl. Bot. Gart. Berlin 1: 26. 1895


Aponogeton subconjugatus Schumach. Beskr. Guin. Pl. 183 (1827).


Aponogeton troupinii Raynal Adansonia sér. 2, 6: 153. 1966

Floating leaves. Congo.


Aponogeton vallisnerioides Baker Trans. Linn. Soc. London 29(3): 158. 1875 [11 Sep 1875]

Aquatic in pools on laterite; flowers white or pale violet. From "Tropical Africa".

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