Duckweed (Lemna minor)
Approx: 10-20 Plants
Origin: Duckweed (Lemna minor) is a tiny floating aquatic plant found in various parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. Its ability to grow rapidly in still or slow-moving water has led to its widespread distribution.
Description: Duckweed is known for its incredibly small size and rapid growth rate. Its round, coin-like leaves float on the water's surface in dense clusters, forming a verdant carpet. Despite its unassuming appearance, this plant plays a crucial role in aquatic ecosystems by providing habitat, food, and oxygen for various aquatic organisms.
Growing Preferences: Duckweed thrives in calm or slow-moving freshwater environments, especially those with plenty of sunlight. Its growth can be swift, making it a valuable addition for natural water filtration and controlling excess nutrients. Regular thinning helps prevent overgrowth and maintains a balanced ecosystem.
Uses: Duckweed serves as an essential component in aquatic ecosystems. In ponds and lakes, it acts as a natural filter, absorbing excess nutrients and preventing algae blooms. Its presence also provides shade for aquatic life and helps maintain water quality. Duckweed is often used in aquaculture as a supplementary food source for fish and other aquatic animals. Its unobtrusive appearance and valuable ecological role make it a fascinating and beneficial plant for a variety of freshwater environments.