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Common Duckweed

Lemna minor

Plant Data

Order:
Alismatales
Family:
Lemnaceae (Duckweed)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Petalless and minute, rarely appearing.
Fruit:
Small and insignificant. Slightly winged and bladder-like in shape.
Leaves:
Pale, flat and oval leaves which float on the surface of still water. Each plant has 2 leaves and a single root. The leaves are called 'fronds'. Spreads very quickly, covering the whole surface of the water, in fact, so dense that sometimes you cannot see the water itself.
Maximum Size:
The root is up to 2cm long.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible but taste awful.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Duck-meat, Ducks-meal, Lesser Duckweed, Watermeal.
Habitats:
Bogs, ponds, swamps, water.