Lemna aequinoctialis Welw.

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Lemna aequinoctialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Lemna aequinoctialis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

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Synonyms: Lemna angolensis Hegelm.
Lemna paucicostata Engelm.
Lemna perpusilla Torr.
Common names: Duckweed (English)
Frequency: Common and widespread in Zimbabwe except the most humid regions of the Eastern Highlands.
Status: Native
Minute free-floating aquatic, often forming extensive colonies. Thallus pale green, more or less ovate, 1.5-4 mm, asymmetric, obscurely 3-veined. Root solitary.
Derivation of specific name: aequinoctialis: of the equinox (possibly referring to the flowering time)
Habitat: Surface of pools, both permanent and seasonal
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 5 April 2007

Daubs, E.H. (1965). A Monograph of Lemnaceae Illinois Biological Monographs 34 The University of Illinois Press, Urbana. Pages 25 - 27. As Lemna perpusilla (Includes a picture).

Gibbs Russell, G.E. (1977). Keys to Vascular Aquatic Plants in Rhodesia Kirkia 10(2) Page 462. as Lemna perpusilla

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012). Araceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(1) Pages 6 - 8. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 559. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 93.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 105. as Lemna perpusilla

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 126.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 185.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lemna aequinoctialis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=112100, retrieved 31 May 2024

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