Carolinas and Georgia

1097

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Alismatales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Pistia stratiotes   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pistia stratiotes   FAMILY Araceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Water Lettuce


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Look for it in stagnant or slow-moving waters of rivers, sometimes cultivated in ponds, per Weakley's Flora

Floating aquatic (the roots floating); Forb

Original distribution unclear
Documented growing wild in GA? NC SC

Rare, introduced from further south


INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

Aquatic

LEAVES:
Leaves in rosettes connected by underwater stems

FLOWER:
Inflorescence a spadix

FRUIT:

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Pistia stratiotes   FAMILY Araceae

Water Lettuce