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Lemna trisulca

Lemna trisulca L.

Star duckweed

Lemnaceae (Duckweed Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: LETR

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Duckweeds are useful as a water crop as they can acclimatize themselves to almost all growing conditions, with some thriving in manure-rich or eutrophic waters. They reproduce quickly, extending over large surface areas, and are easily harvested. Their high fat and protein content makes them a source of food for animals and poultry.
Duckweeds have potential in wastewater treatment, absorbing excess nutrients from surface waters, including phosphorus and ammonias, reducing suspended solids, and reducing biochemical oxygen demand.
Eaten by Blue Herons and Moose. (Rook)

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green
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Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May

Distribution

USA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DE , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NS , NT , NU , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Habitat: Swamp/Marsh,Fresh Water Aquatic

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Aquatic: yes

Benefit

Attracts: Birds

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lemna trisulca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lemna trisulca in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lemna trisulca

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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