African Plant Database


Lemna minor L.
Family : Lemnaceae
Family (APGIII) : ARACEAE
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 970 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Lemna
 
 
Status
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Lemna rwandensis De Sloover (1973)
=Lenticula vulgaris L.
=Lenticula palustris Garsault
=Lenticularia monorhiza Montandon
=Hydrophace minor (L.) Bubani
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Free-floating aquatic herb; frond flat, dark green, oblong-ovate, 1-10x0,6-7 mm, < 1 mm thick, symmetrical, obscurely 3-nerved, upper surface with indistinct papillae along mid vein; lower surface neither reddish nor gibbous; root 1, arising along a shallow groove, sheath unwinged, cap rounded; fruit with a narrowly winged margin; seed whitish, 10-16 ribbed.
Ecology : Pools, canals, ditches, quiet water; 50-3400 m alt.
  Difficult to distinguish from the flat form of L. gibba
  Cosmopolitan in warm, temperate regions, except C. & S. America. Naturalised in Australia, New Zealand
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Hydrophyte, Pleustophyte- Alt: 1 - 1435 m. Distribution: LES, EC, GA, KN, MP

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1995). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Monocotyledones: Limnocharitaceae à Poaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 81

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Atlant. 1: 48 (1798). 
  • BATTANDIER, J. A. & TRABUT, M. (1895). Flore de l'Algérie et catalogue des plantes du Maroc. [Monocot. ou vol.2] 2: 13 
  • Cat. Pl. Maroc 1: 109 (1931). 
  • CUÉNOD, A. (1954). Flore analytique et synoptique de la Tunisie. Office de l'Expérimentation et de la Vulgarisation Agricoles.  
  • Fl. Afrique N. 4: 252 (1957). 
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  • Fl. Eur. 5: 273 (1980).
  • OZENDA, P. (1983). Flore et végétation du Sahara. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.
  • VALDES, B., S. TALAVERA & E. FERNANDEZ-GALIANO (ed.) (1987). Flora Vascular de Andalucía Occidental, vol. 3 3: 212 
  • ALI, S. I., S. M. H. JAFRI & A. EL GADI (ed.) (1989). Flora of Libya. 111: 1
  • VALDÉS, B., REJDALI, M., ACHHAL EL KADMIRI, JURY, J. L. & J. M. MONTSERRAT (2002). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Nord du Maroc, incluant des clés d'identification. II 2: 734
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 4: 114 (2005).
  • BOULOS, L. & E. LE FLOC'H (2008). Flore de Tunisie : catalogue synonymique commenté
  • List Fungi, Fl. Fau. Madeira Selv. Arch. : 207 (2008).
  • FENNANE, M., M. IBN TATTOU, J. MATHEZ, A. OUYAHYA & J. EL OUALIDI (éd.) (2014). Flore Pratique du Maroc [vol.3] Trav. Inst. Sci. Univ. Mohammed V, Sér. Bot. 3: 342
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The Euro-Mediterranean Plant Base
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under Germplasm Resources Information Network
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Tropicos.org. Missouri Botanical Garden
see under Herbarium, North Africa MPU
 
Map
carte afrique num 15697
 
Record n°15697 modified 2009-08-17
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