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Smallest Flower on the Planet Eart is from Wolffia Plant

The smallest flower in the world comes from the Wolffia plant; commonly called watermeal, this plant is native to many parts of the world and is differentiated into about 9-11 different species. The Wolffia flower comes from a plant that is approximately the size of a single colored sprinkle that you see on the top of donuts.

It is a small, aquatic plant that resembles cornmeal and is found in clumps floating on top of water. It is a type of Duckweed in the Lemnaceae family of plants. The flower itself is nestled in a small depression on the surface of the plant and it is said that a qouquet of Wolffia flowers would fit on the head of a pin.

This plant has great potential in commercial food use. Wolffia has 40% protein which is the same amount found in soybeans. It is not an endangered species and is abundant worldwide; in fact, it is considered to be a nuisance plant in some lakes and rivers in South America.

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