Taxon: Pistia stratiotes L.

 
Genus: Pistia
Family: Araceae
  Subfamily: Aroideae
      Tribe: Pistieae
Nomen number: 102491
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:963. 1753
Name Verified on: 28-Apr-2000 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Zander ed13; Ency GardPl; Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Animal food: potential as fodder (fide Noxweed Aust)
  • Fuels: potential as miscellaneous fuel (for production of methane gas, fide Noxweed Aust)
  • Weed: (fide Econ Pl Aust; Weeds SAfr; Weeds SAfr 2001; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:

    Native:

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
    • Northern Africa: Egypt
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana; Lesotho; Namibia; South Africa - Cape Province, - KwaZulu-Natal, - Free State, - Transvaal; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin; Burkina Faso; Cote D'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Rwanda; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Comoros; Madagascar; Mauritius
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China - Anhui, - Fujian, - Guangdong, - Guangxi, - Hubei, - Hunan, - Jiangsu, - Shandong, - Sichuan, - Yunnan, - Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; India; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Brunei; Indonesia - Celebes, - Irian Jaya, - Java, - Kalimantan, - Lesser Sunda Islands, - Moluccas, - Sumatra; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Singapore
    • North Indian Ocean: India - Andaman and Nicobar
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - Northern Territory, - Queensland
  • Northern America

    • : Mexico
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida, - Louisiana, - Mississippi
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda - Antigua; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; St. Vincent and Grenadines - St. Vincent; Trinidad and Tobago
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Southern South America: Argentina; Paraguay; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.

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