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Water Lettuce

Scientific Name: Pistia stratiotes
 
Distinguishing Characteristics:
Plants faint green with fine hairs covering surface of leaves; leaves arranged in rosettes; parallel leaf veins.
Long, feathery roots.
Plant resembles a head of cabbage.
Plants can group together, forming thick mats along the shoreline; on calm days, plants may scatter.

This is an exotic plant.  If you observe this plant growing in the southeastern U.S., please take the time to report its location on the EDD Maps database at http://www.se-eppc.org/index.cfm.
Pistia stratiotes taken by Graves Lovell

Pistia stratiotes taken by Graves Lovell

Pistia stratiotes taken by Graves Lovell

Pistia stratiotes taken by Graves Lovell

Pistia stratiotes taken by Graves Lovell


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