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Lemna perpusilla

Tiny Duckweed, Minute Duckweed

Scientific Name:

Lemna perpusilla

Genus:

Lemna

Species Epithet:

perpusilla

Common Name:

Tiny Duckweed, Minute Duckweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Araceae (Arum Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Aquatic

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Still to slowly moving waters of ponds, lakes, beaver ponds, and swamps. Weakley’s (2018) map indicates it is “common” in the NC Coastal Plain but “rare” in the Piedmont

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Assigned

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable, S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Lemna species are tiny floating plants with flattened leaf-like stems (fronds) that produce roots under the stem (i.e., under the water surface). These species have just one root per frond. This species has 3-5 nerves on a frond. Flowers are rarely produced.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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