- Family: Ceratophyllaceae
Major species and synonyms
- Ceratophyllum demersum L., synonym: C. tuberculatum Cham.
- Hornwort (En)
- Indonesia: kancil (Indonesian), ganggang (Javanese), ganggeng (Sundanese)
- Cambodia: sara:y 'ânndaèt, sara:y kântuy chhkaè
- Thailand: sarai-khwai (Ayutthaya), sarai-phungchado, sarai-hangma (Bangkok)
- Vietnam: rong duôi chó.
Cosmopolitan; found throughout South-East Asia. C. demersum is generally more common than C. submersum . The former is not yet recorded from Peninsular Malaysia, the latter only rarely.
Suitable for improving the water quality of fish ponds and to attract harmful insects in rice fields so these can be destroyed. Ceratophyllum may be used to oxygenate waste water, but only after the organic wastes have been decomposed to soluble inorganic matter.
Monoecious, submerged, rootless freshwater plants. Leaves in whorls of 6-10, forked 2-4 times, with serrate segments. Flowers axillary, solitary, small. Fruit oblong, compressed, with 1 apical and 2 basal spines ( C. demersum ) or with a single apical spine ( C. submersum ). Flowers are submerged and pollination takes place under water. Plants often remain vegetative, but flower frequently in shallow water near Jakarta. It occurs in stagnant pools, slow running streams, shallow lakes, often gregarious. In Malesia, it ascends to over 1500 m altitude.
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M.S.M. Sosef & L.J.G. van der Maesen