Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
DUCKWEED FAMILY (Lemnaceae)
IND. STATUS: OBL
FIELD CHARACTERISTICS: Star duckweed floats just beneath the surface and has fronds shaped like canoe paddles. The fronds often lack roots and are 4-10 mm. long, tapering to a 4-16 mm. stipe that remains attached to the parent plant.
ECOLOGICAL NOTES: Star duckweed is found in quiet waters of lakes and marshes. These plants commonly form tangled colonies beneath the surface. Another name for this plant is forked duckweed.
SOURCE: Fassett (1957); Gleason and Cronquist (1991),; and Martin et al. (1951).