[Plant-education] tiny flowers bloom / attachments

Jon Monroe via plant-ed%40net.bio.net (by monroejd from jmu.edu)
Fri Nov 9 09:57:16 EST 2007


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Kathleen Archer wrote:

> 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
> 
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> 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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