[Plant-education] tiny flowers bloom

Kathleen Archer via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by kathleen.archer from trincoll.edu)
Fri Nov 9 08:41:10 EST 2007


The smallest flowering plant I know is Wolffia, a little bigger than 
a poppy seed, but smaller than a radish seed.  Aquatic, often found 
floating with Lemna.  I don't know about the 3000 year flowering 
interval, but I do know I look for it and have never seen in in 
flower.  I've attached  a picture found on the web that shows it next 
to some duckweed to give a sense of scale.
Kathleen




At 03:49 PM 11/8/2007, Scott Shumway wrote:
>One of my colleagues just showed me a  clipping from a Chinese 
>newspaper reporting on tiny / microscopic plant that is now in bloom 
>in several locations around the world.  The pictures looked to me 
>like moss capsules, but the translation was "flowers".  Supposedly 
>Buddhist legend reports that these flowers appear once every 3000 
>years and bring good luck.  The article was in Chinese and did not 
>appear to include a Latin name.
>
>Does anyone know what this plant is??
>
>Thanks.
>
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