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Lemna minor L.
USDA Symbol: lemi3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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).
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
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
, YT Native Distribution:
Throughout North America. Native Habitat:
Ponds, quiet water. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff