Water Lettuce

Pistia stratiotes

Water Lettuce, Pistia stratiotes by Michael Plagens

Photographed in a tilapia fish pond in Eldoret, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

LEAVES: The thick leaves appear corrugated and are very bouyant due to included air pockets.

HERB: Aquatic herb floats on the surface of slow-moving, fresh water bodies.

FLOWERS: A small spathe (modified leaf) partially encloses a group of very small male flowers and a female flower. Flowers are not commonly seen and the plants reproduce mostly asexually via budding.

RANGE: Water lettuce is found in tropical waters world wide. It's origin is unclear.



Araceae -- Arum Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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