Lemna minor L.
Lemnaceae (Duckweed Family)
Synonym(s): Lemna cyclostasa, Lemna minima
USDA Symbol: lemi3
Tiny floating plants often forming a carpetlike cover on the water’s surface.
This duckweed is more widely distrubuted in Canada and the United States and better adapted to cold climates than Lesser Duckweed (L. aequinoctialis).
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Throughout North America.
Native Habitat: Ponds, quiet water.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Conditions Comments: When in dense colonies, can stop the proliferation of mosquito larvae by creating a barrier when they want to breathe at the surface.Very fast growth rate.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Food for ducks, tadpoles, fish and beavers. (Fleurbec)
Deer Resistant: No
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lemna minor in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lemna minor in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff