Tuesday, August 02, 2005


To continue our cypress theme, here's a little bit of swampy greenness. Duckweed covers the surface. What a well named plant. If you have ever seen mallards feeding on duckweed you know they love it...must taste like mocha almond fudge ice cream to them. Posted by Picasa

4 comments:

Deb said...

Duckweed is supposedly very high in protein; those ducks know a good food source when they see one!

Hick said...

Does Duckweed do any damage to the other wildlife living in the water? It looks like algae to me, but I am not very knowledgeable about this stuff.

Floridacracker said...

Deb,
I had always heard that it was very nutritious. I know my pet Mallards would go crazy over it when I would bring some back.

Hick,
Duckweed is a true vascular plant, not an algae. I believe it is the world's smallest flowering plant. Picture 2 tiny oval leaves, about the size of sesame seeds with tiny roots hanging down into the water. That's a duckweed plant.

Duckweed is not detrimental to my knowledge, although a good crop would cut down on light getting down to submerged plants.

JODSTER said...

Some beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!