Wolffia globosa

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Wolffia globosa
Duckweeds.jpg
W. globosa (small) with Spirodela polyrrhiza (larger)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Lemnoideae
Genus: Wolffia
Species: W. globosa
Binomial name
Wolffia globosa
(Roxb.) Hartog & Plas

Wolffia globosa is a species of flowering plant known by the common name Asian watermeal. It is native to Asia and it is found in parts of the Americas, where it may be native or naturalized. It grows in mats on the surface of calm, fresh water bodies, such as ponds, lakes and marshes. It is a very tiny, oval shaped plant with no leaves, stems, or roots. The body of the plant, a transparent green frond, is less than a millimeter wide. Like other Wolffia, the plant is edible and makes a nutritious food.

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