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Salvinia molesta Mitchell

Giant salvinia, kariba weed

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
ClassFilicopsida“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns
GenusSalviniaAfter 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
SpeciesmolestaThe 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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Salvinia molesta (giant salvinia, kariba weed)

10/20/2012 · By Jacquelyn Boyt


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