Florida's Native Duckweeds

Florida's native duckweeds -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants


Florida's native duckweeds

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giant duckweed small duckweed water meal mud-midget


    Duckweeds are common plants in Florida. Although very small, they are nonetheless sometimes quite noticeable, as when they cover a pond with dense masses.

    Click on the picture above to compare the duckweeds. Note the centimeter-measure in the picture, remembering that 2.5 cm equals an inch. These are very small flowering plants indeed; in fact, water meal (Wolffia spp.), at 1 to 1.5 mm long, is the smallest flowering plant on earth!

    Also see the individual plant pages for the duckweeds: