Lemna aequinoctialis Welw., Apont. 578 1859. (Syn: Lemna angolensis Welw.; Lemna aoukikusa T.Beppu & Murata; Lemna aoukikusa subsp. hokurikuensis T.Beppu & Murata; Lemna blatteri McCann; Lemna eleanorae McCann; Lemna minima Blatt. & Hallb. [Illegitimate]; Lemna paucicostata Hegelm.; Lemna paucicostata var. membranacea Hegelm.; Lemna perpusilla var. trinervis Austin; Lemna trinervis (Austin) Small);
Following is the other species of family lemnaceae with the identification key
1. Plant root less…………….Wolffia
1. Plant rooting………………..2
2. Roots solitary……………..Lemna
2. Roots several……………..Spirodella
Lemna aequinoctialis Welw. (lesser duckweed) is a tiny, floating aquatic plant found in quiet waters in tropical and subtropical regions.
Fronds are generally 3-nerved, green, up to 6 mm long. Flowers are 1-ovulate, the small utricular scale open on one side. Seeds have 8–26 ribs.
(From Wikipedia on 11.10.14)
Avachitgad pond– 150710-PKA3 : 12 posts by 8 authors. Attachments (4)
Water Cirstern at Avachitgad fort near Roha.
Date/Time: 21st July 2008 / 12:30PM.
Azolla sp is a dichotomously branched free floating aquatic fern is naturally available mostly on moist soils, ditches marshy ponds
it is Lemna perpusilla Torr. Fl. N. Y. 2: 245, 1843; Sharma et al, Fl. Mah. St. Monocot. 231, 1996.
The following link shows the difference between wolffia and ABOVE aquatic species
The Avchitgad Pond plant is not Azolla but Lemna aequnictialis
Yah…these are Lemna commonly called Duck-weed.
kindly refer following book
indeed, Entengrï¿½tze (duck jelly). seen in germany too, especially on standing water.
more photos of Lemna paucicostata i Think ??? from my field Lohari Panipat
I think this is Lemna minor L. (the common duckweed)
Araceae Fortnight 1 Aug to 15 Aug 2014 : Lemna minor L. : SK-34 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).
Earlier post – efi thread
Neither this one nor the earlier upload is L. minor L., it is L. aequinoctialis Welw. (syn. Lemna paucicostata Hegelm.; vide Bengal Plants).
Experts/Seniors/scholars please go through the paper and express your views.
(i) Fronds ovate, obovate to elliptic or oblong, shiny green or sometimes reddish; 1 to 10 mm, 1.3 – 2x as long as wide; root 0.5 to 15 cm = minor
(ii) Fronds ovate-lanceolate, obovate to lanceolate, obovate to oblong, shiny bright green; 1 to 6 mm, 1-3x as long as wide, root 0.5 to 3 cm = aequinoctialis
Too close to decide without microscope! I have also noted that no distinct papilla can clearly be seen in this picture. Moreover, Lemna aequinoctialis is described as having asymmetrical fronds, which is not the case in these uploaded pictures, yet the size – smaller than 5 mm, frond colour, root length are closer to it.
Frond symmetry : it is interesting to note that L. minor photographs found in following sites has asymmetric fronds –
I have taken the help of the site http://waynesword.palomar.edu/1lekey.htm to understand differences.
Lemna minor does not have prominent apical papule/papilla.
L. turionifera has a dorsal median line of small papillae, but fronds are obovate or nearly orbicular.
L. perpusilla has smaller apical papilla
So, I think this plant should be L. aequinoctialis. Attached here another photograph where apical papillae can be seen on fronds. Please correct me if I am wrong.
This is another floating plant, very common in ponds.
Species : Lemna minor L.
Bengali name : KHUDI-PANA
Habit & Habitat : very small common aquatic plant covering the entire water surface in ponds
Date : 19/8/12, 10.20 A.M.
Place : Hooghly
sites visited :
Lemna aequinoctialis Welw. as per another thread: Araceae Fortnight 1 Aug to 15 Aug 2014 : Lemna minor L. : SK-34