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Duckweed

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At first I thought there was nothing inside the plastic with water. Then I saw some greens, very tiny singular leaf, no less than 10 in quantity. Is this it? I was expecting Azolla, and in the photos of my Facebook friend’s albums they are fern-like tiny water plants. I also browsed a lot at the Philippines for Natural Farming, Inc FB page. This one is not.
And that is how I got my first duckweed. They are the smallest flowering plant belonging to the botanical family Lemnaceae. Even if it grows 20 times faster than a corn and is able to double their mass in two days under the ideal environment, I would still count weeks before I can grow it out into a small basin.

Common Duckweed has 1 to 3 leaves measuring 1/16 to 1/8 inches in length. Giant Duckweed has 1 to 4 leaves measuring 1/16 to 1/4 inches in length. 1 to 6 roots may grow from each plant. This morning after its first 24 hours at home, I was able to see tiny roots emanating from a frond, as its single leaf is correctly called. My hopes went up. I have plans to add them to my arsenal of alternative feeds to my livestock.
I have a feeling I am going to stare at an old saucer dish laced with goat’s manure for the rest of the week…

duckweed

Written by Veni

February 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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