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A Description of the Family Menyanthaceae



Order

Polemoniales

Aquatic or semi-aquatic herbs with showy flowers. Generally perennial with a rootstock or creeping rhizome. The leaves are either simple or trifoliate, with entire margins. The flowers have 5 petals and 5 sepals. A particular feature is that the inside of the petals are frequently hairy. The fruits are various forms of capsule.