VASCULAR PLANTS OF UPPER NEWPORT BAY
MARSILEA FAMILY

MARSILEACEAE
Small perennial herbs with slender, creeping, rhizomes rooting in the mud. Leaves petioled and with 2-to 4 foliate blades or filiform and bladeless. Sori borne within hard round to bean-shaped sporocarps, which arise from the base of the petioles or near them and bear microspores, which produce antheridia and macrospores which produce female gametophytes. Three genera. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 33).

Upper Newport Bay species within the family:
Marsilea vestita ssp. vestita #
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