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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Ordo: Ericales

Familia: Primulaceae
Subfamilia: Primuloideae
Genus: Hottonia
Species: H. indica – H. inflata – H. littoralis – H. millefolium – H. palustris – H. serrata – H. sessiliflora

Hottonia L.

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Vernacular names
беларуская: Вадаперыца
Deutsch: Wasserfeder
suomi: Vesisulat
hornjoserbsce: Jabrica
lietuvių: Griovenė
русский: Турча

Hottonia is a genus of aquatic flowering plant in the family Primulaceae. It comprises two species, both of which are known by the common name featherfoil:[1]
Inflorescences of the two Hottonia species
H. palustris
H. inflata

Hottonia palustris, or water violet, native to Europe and western Asia
Hottonia inflata, or American featherfoil, native to North America

The two species differ markedly in the size of the flowers, which are showy in the Eurasian H. palustris but much smaller in the North American H. inflata, and in the thickness of the stem, which is swollen in H. inflata but not in H. palustris.[1] The two species also differ in their breeding system: H. palustris is heterostylous, whereas H. inflata is not.[2]

Carl Linnaeus named the genus in his 1753 book Species Plantarum,[1] commemorating the botanist Peter Hotton.[3]

Anita F. Cholewa (2009). "Hottonia Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 145. 1753; Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 72. 1754". Magnoliophyta: Paeoniaceae to Ericaceae. Flora of North America. 8. Oxford University Press. p. 259. ISBN 978-0-19-534026-6.
Austin R. Mast, Sylvia Kelso & Elena Conti (2006). "Are any primroses (Primula) primitively monomorphic?" (PDF pre-print). New Phytologist. 171 (3): 605–616. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01700.x. PMID 16866962.

David Gledhill (2002). The Names of Plants (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-521-52340-0.

Further reading
T. L. Prankerd (1911). "On the structure and biology of the genus Hottonia". Annals of Botany. old series. 25 (1): 253–268. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.aob.a089318.

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