Annual or perennial, fixed floating hydrophytes. Leaves petiolate, floating, broadly elliptic to ovate, truncate to deeply cordate at the base, obtuse. Inflorescence erect, pyramidal panicle consisting of 3, verticillately arranged branches and flowers, scape longer than leaves. Flowers bisexual, white, pedicellate; brac¬teate. Thalamus minute. Sepals 3, patent or reflexed. Petals 3, white. Stamens 6, rarely up to 11, filaments filiform, anthers oblong, basifixed. Carpels (2-) 6-9 (-20), almost terete, beakless, crowded; ovaries with ventral, usually persistent styles. Achenes drupaceous, with smooth, ridged or warted exocarp and sclerenchymatous endocarp. Seeds oblong.