Salvinia molesta Mitchell
Giant salvinia, kariba weed
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Class||Filicopsida||“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns|
|Genus||Salvinia||After the Italian academic Antonio Maria Salvini (1633-1729), a professor of the Greek language at Florence who helped his friend the Italian botanist Pier’ Antonio Micheli with his botanical studies|
|Species||molesta||The only thing I could find about this so far is that molestus is the Latin root meaning “disturbed.” David Hollombe sent me the following: “molesta= troublesome, annoying, unmanageable (taxonomically?, or agriculturally?)”|
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Salvinia molesta description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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10/20/2012 · By Jacquelyn Boyt
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