: a genus of widely distributed floating aquatic plants (family Lemnaceae) that are the smallest flowering plants known, consist merely of a minute ovoid or globose leafless thallus producing the flowers from clefts or grooves, and are distinguished from members of the genus Lemna by the one-celled anthers and by the absence of roots

Word History


New Latin, from Johann F. Wolff †1806 German physician and botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Wolffia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wolffia. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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