Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1097

Aquatic (rootless & floating), Forb

Original distribution unclear
Documented growing wild in GA? NC SC

Rare, introduced from further south

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

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INVASIVE

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

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
SC Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed List, 2004
SC Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species List, 2003
US Fish & Wildlife Service

 

Aquatic

LEAVES:
Leaves in rosettes connected by underwater stems

FLOWER:
Inflorescence a spadix

FRUIT:

 

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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