Wolffiella gladiata

Common Name(s): Mudmidget

Native to Florida

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Mud-midget, native to Florida, is another small duckweed, but this one has narrow, elongated fronds. The fronds are usually connected to form starlike colonies. The fronds are 5-10 mm long; the flowers are extremely small and difficult to see.

Mud-midget plants float just beneath the surface of the water and is frequently found growing in rivers, ponds, lakes, and sloughs from the peninsula west to the central panhandle of Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). Three species of Wolffiella occur in Florida. It occurs almost always (estimated probability 99%) under natural conditions in wetlands.