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What is Least Duckweed?
- Single or in small clusters
- Elliptical or egg-shaped
- 0.039-0.098 in long
- 0.027-0.059 in wide
- Thick near center
- Thin edges
Where Does it Grow?
Least duckweed can be found in ponds, lakes, canals and lagoons.
Is it Invasive?
Duckweed can be an aggressive invader of ponds and are often found mixed in with other duckweeds, mosquito fern, and/or watermeal. If colonies cover the surface of the water, then oxygen depletion and fish kills can occur. These plants should be controlled before they cover the entire surface of the pond.
Pros and Cons of Least Duckweed
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.