4-6 Eriocaulaceae, pipewort family

Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell, Nicholas M. Hill


Twelve hundred species split among 13 genera comprise this family. Only one reaches Nova Scotia. They are small tufted submerged plants with acutely pointed basal leaves. The flowers are borne atop a scape, in a lead-coloured button. Vegetative plants are often seen, forming colonies over the substrate. Image use donated by Sean Blaney.


Magnoliophyte, pipewort family, monocots, Eriocaulon pipewort, aquatic plants

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