EPPO Global Database

Pistia stratiotes(PIIST)

Last modification: 2002-07-22

Basic information
  • EPPO code: PIIST
  • Preferred name: Pistia stratiotes
  • Authority: Linnaeus


Pantropical, exact area of origin not known. An invasive water weed which has spread to most warmer parts of the earth, including southeast USA and parts of southern Europe

WSSA list of weeds in North America
Invasive in Australia and Japan

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Pistia occidentalis Blume

Common names
Name Language
babelka řezanovitá Czech
Wassersalat German
Nile cabbage English
tropical duckweed English
water lettuce English (US)
flor de totumo Spanish (CO)
lamparilla Spanish (BO)
lechuga de agua Spanish
lechuguilla de agua Spanish
lechuguita de agua Spanish
pasta murure Spanish (MX)
repollito de agua Spanish
repollo de agua Spanish
laitue d'eau French
pistie French
kagylótutaj Hungarian
lattuga acquatica Italian
pistia Italian
vela d'acqua Italian
ボタンウキクサ Japanese
botanukikusa Japanese
mosselplant Dutch
slakroos Dutch
watersla Dutch
alface-da-água Portuguese (BR)
водяной салат Russian
пистия Russian
vodný šalát Slovak