796.000 Wolffia Horkel ex Schleid.

Description of the genus

Minute, floating aquatics with thalli usually less than 1 mm. Roots 0. Thalli solitary or 2 cohering, inflated, globular; nerves 0. Budding pouch 1. Inflorescence of 1 female and 1 male flower without a membranous spathe. Anther 1-thecous. Fruit 1-seeded. Seed up to 0.5 mm, spherical, smooth and spongy.

Worldwide: c.7 species, ± cosmopolitan but not in colder areas

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
globosa (Roxb.) Hartog & PlasW,E,S

Other sources of information about Wolffia:

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Flora of Botswana: Wolffia
Flora of Mozambique: Wolffia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Wolffia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Wolffia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Wolffia
Wikipedia: Wolffia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Wolffia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Wolffia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Wolffia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=308, retrieved 30 March 2023

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