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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.