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Lemna minuta

Lemna minuta Kunth

Least Duckweed

Lemnaceae (Duckweed family)

Synonym(s): Lemna minima, Lemna minuscula, Lemna valdiviana var. abbreviata, Lemna valdiviana var. minima

USDA Symbol: LEMI6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Small fronds, less than 1/4 inch long, floating on the surface of the water.
Fruit: Utricle.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Flowers rarely. Flowers inconspicuous.


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MO , NE , NM , NV , OH , OK , OR , TN , TX , UT , WA , WV , WY
Native Habitat: Floating in quiet waters with moderate to high levels of nutrients.

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-11-02
Research By: CBR

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