PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Duckweed

LATIN NAME / FAMILY: Spirodela polyrhiza, Lemna minor / Araceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun, water
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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BOIL

Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT/CAUTION:  “Boil it to kill any aquatic microbes which could cause sickness in humans. Because it is so high in protein and grows so fast it is a favorite for use by smart people for chicken and hog food. Really smart people use the dried, powdered duckweed to kick up the nutritional values of their own food.”(4)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  “Dried duckweed contains 25-45% protein, 4% fat, and 8-10% fiber…”(4)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Dry, crush, then rub on skin to use as an insect repellent.(4)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lemna+minor
    https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Spirodela+polyrrhiza
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=duckweed
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirodela_polyrhiza 
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemna_minor
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2006/08/duckweed.html  (good photos)