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Water lettuce (456) Print Fact Sheet

Relates to: Weeds


Common Name

Water lettuce; it is also known as Nile cabbage, or floating aroid.

Scientific Name

Pistia stratiotes. It is a member of the Araceae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Aradhana Deesh
Adapted from Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) (2018) Weeds of SE Qld and Northern NSW. Lucidcentral. (; and additional information from CABI (2019) Pistia stratiotes (water lettuce). Invasive Species Compendium. (; and Pistia stratiotes L., Araceae (2013) Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER). (; and from Pistia (2020) Wikipedia. ( Photo 1 USDA APHIS PPQ - Oxford, North Carolina , USDA APHIS PPQ, Photo 2 Karen Brown, University of Florida, Photo 3  Troy Evans, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Photo 4 Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Photo 5 Shaun Winterton, Aquarium and Pond Plants of the World, Edition 3, USDA APHIS PPQ, Photo 6 Graves Lovell, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland, in association with the Pacific Community and Koronivia Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.

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