Hunt. Central Park, E side, 7-28-16. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Water Cabbage
(Water Lettuce, Nile Cabbage, Shellflower)

Pistia stratiotes

Native distribution uncertain, but probably pantropical; now present in nearly all tropical and subtropical fresh waterways. The population at Huntington Beach Central Park is rapidly expanding. It is an aquatic species that is often grown in home water gardens and ponds.

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Hunt. Central Park, E side, 7-28-16. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Hunt. Central Park, E side, 7-28-16. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Huntington Beach, 7/5/2019. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Huntington Beach, 7/5/2019. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Huntington Beach, 7/5/2019. © Ron Vanderhoff.