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Duckweed

(Spirodela spp.)

Other Names:

None Known

Range:

Family:

Lemnaceae – Duckweed family

Identifying characteristics:

Growth Type:

A perennial aquatic plant usually growing in dense colonies, forming a mat on the water surface. Each plant is a smooth, round, flat disc one half to one centimeter wide. The plants lack an obvious stem. But rather produces several minute roots.

Height:

The leaves float on the surface of the water.

Leaves:

The plant consists of a smooth, round, flat disc leaf one half to one centimeter wide.

Stem/Trunk:

Duckweed does not have a stem in the strict sense of the word, as the roots grow directly from the leaf, and hang into the water.

Root:

The roots issue forth from the leaf bottom, and hang into the water.

Flower:

Season:

N/A

Appearance:

N/A

Seed/Fruit:

N/A

Miscellaneous characteristics:

N/A

Habitat:

Fresh Water

Parts Used:

Leaves and Roots

Uses:

Wild Food Uses:

Duckweed is one of those rare plants that is very high in protein. Because of this fact, it is a staple for many aquatic animals. The leaves can be eaten raw, or lightly sautéed. It is important to note that you should never eat plants from contaminated water sources. There is also a chance of the leaves containing water borne parasites, so it is important to boil the plant prior to consumption.

The following text is meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury.

Medicinal Uses:

None Known

Medicinal Actions:

N/A

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Revised: 05/12/17 Living Afield