Landoltia punctata (Dotted Duckweed) (Araceae)

Spirodela punctata
Lemna at the bottom for size comparison.

Previously called Spirodela punctata but recent morphological, biochemical and molecular data shows this species to be taxonomically distinct from other duckweeds (Les and Crawford 1999). Landoltia punctata is more closely related to Lemna than to Spirodela, but was reclassified under a new genus Landoltia, in honor of Dr. Elias Landolt, a world authority on duckweeds. Some botanists place this genus under the family Lemnaceae.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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One Response to Landoltia punctata (Dotted Duckweed) (Araceae)

  1. Kim Sellars says:

    Hi
    I was just wondering if i could use your photo of Heteropogan triticeus for a publication of native grass species for revegetaion in the townsville region, it is the best one i could find!
    It would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Kim.

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