EPPO Global Database

Pistia stratiotes(PIIST)

Code created in: 2002-07-22

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


An invasive water weed whose exact area of origin is not known. It now occurs widely in tropical and subtropical areas: Mediterranean (southeast), Western Asia, Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indochina, Malesia, China, Africa generally, Madagascar, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America (except southern cone), Australia (Northern, Queensland), New Guinea. Introduced in northern Mediterranean, Black Sea, Central Asia, Japan, southern USA

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

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Pistia occidentalis Blume

Common names
Name Language
Nile cabbage English
tropical duckweed English
water lettuce English (US)
Muschelblume German
Wassersalat German
laitue d'eau French
pistie French
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
lattuga acquatica Italian
pistia Italian
vela d'acqua Italian
mosselplant Dutch
slakroos Dutch
watersla Dutch
alface-de-água Portuguese (BR)
mururé-pajé Portuguese
botanukikusa Japanese
ボタンウキクサ Japanese
водяной салат Russian
пистия Russian
kagylótutaj Hungarian
dà piāo Chinese
大漂 Chinese
babelka řezanovitá Czech
vodný šalát Slovak