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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Butomaceae (from the genus Butomus, signifying ox + to cut, in reference to the rough leaves). Fig. 7. Aquatic or marsh herbs: leaves basal, with an axial scale, sometimes with milky juice; blade linear or oval; veins palmately parallel with cross veinlets, or nearly veinless: flowers solitary or umbelled, bisexual, regular, hypogynous; sepals 3, subherbaceous; petals 3, colored, imbricated; stamens 9 or more, whorled; carpels 6 or more, separate; ovules numerous, borne between the margins and midrib of the carpel: fruit dry, dehiscent; seed anatropous, exalbuminous; embryo straight or curved.

The family contains 4 genera and about 5 species, natives of the temperate and tropical zones of the Old World, and the tropics of the New World. The family is related to the Alismaceae and Juncaginaceae, from the former of which it differs principally in the numerous ovules and their peculiar position.

The roots and seeds of Butomus were once used as emollients. The baked roots of Butomus are eaten in North Asia.

Two genera are in cultivation for water-gardens: Butomus (Flowering Rush), and Limnocharis (Water Poppy).CH

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