Salvinia Ség.

Photo: P. Ballings


Description of the genus

Free-floating aquatic plants. Rhizome roots absent. Leaves dimorphic, borne in whorls of three, consisting of 2 simple floating leaves and a strongly branched submerged leaf; veins anastomosing. Sporangia in thin-walled sporocarps on submerged leaves.


Derivation of name:  salvinia: named after Antonio Salvini (1653-1729)

Worldwide: c. 10 species in tropical and warm temperate zones



We have 5 taxa in the database for Salvinia.

  • Salvinia hastata Desv.
  • Salvinia molesta D.S.Mitch.
  • Salvinia natans (L.) All.
  • Salvinia nymphellula Desv.
  • Salvinia rotundifolia Willd.


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