The most over looked aroid in the araceae family.

Louisville, KY

Most people never know this plant is a aroid though many grow it. The flowers are very tiny and it is considered to be one of the oldest forms of aroid alive. Can anyone ID it from its flowers? Its easy to ID from its leaves.

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Columbia, SC(Zone 8a)

Great shot, what kind of camera do you use?

Louisville, KY

Its a bit older camer of Kodak DX 4900 4 mega pixles. Its a great camera and for years has take thousands of photos. I have thought about selling it and getting a newer one soon. I have to say though it has been the most used and best perfoming camera I have ever used or seen. It was worth every penny.

Mesa, AZ(Zone 9b)

Water lettuce is and aroid? I actually recognize the flowers Brian.

Louisville, KY

You got it right water lettuce or Pistia stratioites is a aroid. After doing DNA reseach it was determined that duck weed is also a aroid though not a flowering form. These are some of the more primitive forms in the family.

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Mesa, AZ(Zone 9b)

Duck weed, too.......That is too funny, I never would have guessed they were aroids.

Columbia, SC(Zone 8a)

Brian, is your camera (above) easy to use or does it have all kinds of settings? I would love to be able to get such detailed shots. I usually go with the 'point and click' setting.

NE, KS(Zone 5b)

I'd never guessed.. duck weed, too? Very nice close-up.

Louisville, KY

The camera is very easy to operate a little old but it has a zoom for taking pictures of flowers and closeups. The only problem I have had is on some very bright flowers do not show up true colors.

Oakland, CA(Zone 10b)

Brian, that's a big old water lettuce! Mine only seem to get about 1/3 - 1/2 that size.

Lewiston, MN

I didn't recognize the water lettuce flower, but when I read, "most overlooked" I did think of duckweed!

Grantsboro, NC(Zone 8b)

Is it what we in NC call Water Cress?

Lavina

Mesa, AZ(Zone 9b)

Hi Lavina,

What I call watercress is nasturtium officinale

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/709/

But on seeing the plantfile, it's in a genus I don't even recognize lol rorripa?

Siloam Springs, AR

I just found this Brian and thought I'd add a detail photo of the tiny inflorescences of Pistia stratioites in your photo.

Steve

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Louisville, KY

Great to see very good photo of the flower. I now have a new camera I will have to start taking some micro images soon.

noonamah, Australia

I confused a number of people here last year with a photo of a Pistia stratioites flower. But they're so small and inconspicuous most people wouldn't know there were flowers on a plant. And a floating plant that looks like a lettuce doesn't generally suggest Aroid.

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Siloam Springs, AR

Exactly right. I was just fortunate to have a very good macro lens with me when one of Dr. Croat's associates pulled it out of a pond in the Climatron. Once I had the chance to see it on a large monitor I was very surprised at the fine details to both the inflorescence and the two flowers.

The visible area is less than 3/4 inch.

Steve

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noonamah, Australia

I think it was from our plant checklist (it's a native here) I saw it grouped with aroids, which surprised me. I went out to look closely at my plants and they were all flowering. Our other main floating plants, Salvinia (introduced weed) and Azolla (native) are both ferns. A small floating aroid seemed quite a novelty.

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