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1. Wolffia brasiliensis Weddell, Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique. sér. 3, 12: 170. 1849.

Wolffia papulifera C. H. Thompson; W. punctata Grisebach

Fronds boat-shaped, 0.5--1.6 mm, 1--1.5 times as long as wide, 0.3--0.7 times as deep as wide, rounded at apex, papilla usually prominent in center of upper surface (tent-shaped); upper surface intensely green, with 50--100 stomates; pigment cells present in vegetative tissue (visible in dead fronds as brown dots). 2n = 20, 40, 42, 50, 60, 80.

Flowering (rare) late spring--early fall. Mesotrophic to eutrophic, quiet waters in temperate to subtropical regions; 0--1000 m; Ala., Ark., Calif., Conn., Del., D.C., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Kans., Ky., La., Md., Mass., Mich., Miss., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Okla., Oreg., Pa., S.C., Tenn., Tex., Va., Wash., W.Va., Wis.; Mexico; West Indies; Central America; South America.

I know of no specimens of Wolffia brasiliensis from Rhode Island.


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