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    Wouldn't some species of Lemna be smaller, Tamlin? Sime are just a single tiny leaf, with a virtually invisible flower.

    And I think U. quinquedentata gives U. olivacea a run for its money in the size department. Plus it has a way cooler name.




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    Dunno about that Dodec, not sure what constitutes an individual of U. olivacea vs a clone, but I have read that in several places, and find it credible.

    Hmmmm, you'll have to PROVE that about U. quinquedentata! Such flagarant claims must be substantiated!! Scan the plant and mail me the results if you please! (But you're right, it is a cool name....errr, how do you pronounce that one anyways?!
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    Substantiation? But this is the Internet!

    Re: U. quinquedentata (the pronunciation in my head is kwin'-ke-den-ta'-ta, but my head is frequently wrong).

    From Taylor (Page 154) "Utricularia quinquedentata is probably the smallest Utricularia species (but see U. olivacea). The peduncle is exceedingly slender and is in fact only a little thicker than a hair of my head and often less than one half as thick as one from my beard."

    Re: the smallest plant in the world:

    The Charms of Duckweeed

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    What is the question you are attempting to address here? Do you mean the largest flower per biomass? If you want the smallest per biomass, v large trees with v small flowers would be a better place to look.

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    Hmmm, good point. I'm not sure what the question was. I was referring to smallest Utricularia species and smallest plant in general.

    What *would* be the largest flower per biomass? Rafflesiana perhaps? As a parasite it is almost all flower, but that seems too easy. Perhaps a small saprophytic orchid species?

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    I think you have the largest flower right from what I can recall: it is a vine growing in South America. I remember seeing photos of the bud, and they were larger than a beach ball.

    Well, according to Jeeves, the worlds smallest flowering plant is the genus Wolffia in the Duckweed family ( there goes my pride in Utricularia olivacea, sigh).

    The largest according to Jeeves : Rafflesia arnoldi.



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    Yes, Rafflesia have the largest flowers, but they grow in Indonesia/Malaysia. The 'saprophytic' orchids are also parasitic, and don't have terribly flowers, so I suppose Rafflesia wins the largest/biomass, although I don't know which non-parasitic species would come first in that.

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    Off topic I know, but it depends if you count the spathe type flowers....if you do my vote would be either Amorphophallus or Puya (the former an Aroid, the latter a Bromelliad)
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