An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions/Mayacaceae

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An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States,
Canada and the British Possessions

second edition
Nathaniel Lord Britton & Addison Brown

Subkingdom Spermatophyta
Class 2. Angiospermae
Sub-class 1. Monocotyledones
Family 14. Mayacaceae (Mayaca Family)

Family 14.   Mayacàceae   Walp.   Ann. 3: 662.   1853..
Mayaca Family.

Slender branching aquatic moss-like herbs, with linear sessile i-nerved entire soft leaves, notched at the apex. Flowers solitary, peduncled, white, perfect, and regular, the peduncles bracted at the base. Perianth persistent, consisting of 3 lanceolate green herbaceous sepals and 3 obovate white spreading petals. Stamens 3, hypogynous, alternate with the petals; filaments filiform; anthers oblong, somewhat 4-sided, 2-celled. Ovary superior, sessile, 1-celled with 3 parietal placentae ; ovules several or numerous, orthotropous ; style filiform ; stigmas terminal, entire or with 3 short lobes. Capsule 1-celled, 3-valved. Seeds ovoid or globose, the testa reticulated ; embryo at the apex of the mealy endosperm.

The family consists of the following genus.