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Rapid population growth in duckweed

Observed: 16th June 2009 By: Jonathan
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Duckweed population growth
Description:

This sequence of shots shows how rapidly duckweed spread across this stretch of water. View the image in the original size to see it properly with dates

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Duckweed (Lemna sp.)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

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Lemna divides vegetatively,

Lemna divides vegetatively, which is how it is able to spread so fast. Population growth may well have been exponential over the first 2 weeks of June.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Agreed!

This is probably still on your patch.
How's it doing after 4 years?
And did you check?
I am still trawling through some history.
Derek

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I have continued to take

I have continued to take photos every time I pass the spot, but have not done anything further with them.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)