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Pistia stratiotes

Pistia stratiotes L.

 

Water Lettuce

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassAlismatidaeAquatic and marshy plants
OrderAlismatalesHerbaceous flowering plants found in marshy habitats
FamilyAraceaeArum family, with plants whose flower is enclosed in a spathe
GenusPistiaFrom the Greek pistos, “water,” alluding to the floating or aquatic habitat of this genus, whose common name is water-lettuce
SpeciesstratiotesFrom the Greek for “soldier,” applied to this aquatic herb because of its sword-shaped leaves

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Pistia stratiotes description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 19 May 2011.

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Pistia stratiotes (Water Lettuce)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Pistia stratiotes (Water Lettuce)

7/2/2007 · Memphis, TN · By Tim Chandler

Pistia stratiotes (Water Lettuce)

5/21/2009 · Memphis, TN · By Tim Chandler

Pistia stratiotes (Water Lettuce)

4/6/2011 · Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm)

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