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Wolffiella gladiata

Wolffiella gladiata (Hegelm.) Hegelm.

Bog Mat, Florida Mudmidget, Sword Bogmat

Lemnaceae (Duckweed family)

Synonym(s): Wolffia floridana, Wolffia gladiata, Wolffia gladiata var. floridana, Wolffiella floridana

USDA Symbol: WOGL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Small fronds, less than 1/2 inch long, arranged in star-like groups, submersed or floating.
Fruit: Utricle.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Flowers rarely. Flowers inconspicuous.


USA: AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WA , WI
Native Habitat: Submersed or floating in quiet waters with moderate 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 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 Wolffiella gladiata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Wolffiella gladiata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Wolffiella gladiata


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

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