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Pistia stratiotes (water lettuce)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Pistia is a genus of aquatic plant in the arum family, Araceae. The single species it comprises, Pistia stratiotes, is often called water cabbage, water lettuce, Nile cabbage, or shellflower. Its native distribution is uncertain, but probably pantropical; it was first discovered from the Nile near Lake Victoria in Africa. It is now present, either naturally or through human introduction, in nearly all tropical and subtropical fresh waterways. The genus name is derived from the Greek word πιστός (pistos), meaning "water," and refers to the aquatic nature of the plants.
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Attributes

Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Structure [2]  Herb

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Central & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Byelarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    
Florida Peninsula United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coastal Rivers    

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External References

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
5HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
6Feeding Habits and Trophic Niche Overlap of Aquatic Orthoptera Associated with Macrophytes, Soledad Capello, Mercedes Marchese, and María L. de Wysiecki, Zoological Studies 51(1): 51-58 (2012)
7Abundance of food plant species and food habits of Rhinoceros unicornis Linn. in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, India, Pradip Konwar, Malabika Kakati Saikia & P.K. Saikia, Journal of Threatened Taxa | September 2009 | 1(9): 457-460
8Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
9Food Plants Eaten by Amazonian Manatees (Trichechus inunguis, Mammalia : Sirenia), Ioni G. Colares and Elton P. Colares, Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, Vol. 45, N. 1 : pp. 67 - 72, March, 2002
10Consumption of Aquatic Plants by the West Indian Manatee, Kay Etheridge, G. B. Rathbun, J. A. Powell, and H. I. Kochman, J. Aquat. Plant Manage. 23: 21-25 (1985)
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/39omei accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0