Pistia stratiotes


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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 and considered an invasive species as well as a mosquito breeding habitat. 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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Type: Floating
Common Name: Water cabbage
Origin: Africa
Difficulty: Easy
Growth Rate: High
Maximum Height: 3 - 5+
Aquarium Area: Top
Temperature: 20 - 27
Light: Low
CO2 Demand: Low

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