Lemna minor

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaLemnaceaeLemnaLemna minor


This is our most widespread and frequent floating aquatic plant, often abundant on a wide variety of still or slowly flowing, mesotrophic or eutrophic waters. It also occurs terrestrially on exposed mud, or damp stonework and rocks. Plants rarely flower and reproduction is by vegetative budding. 0-500 m (Brown Clee Hill, Salop).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Southern-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

© M. Cotterill, IWNHAS

Atlas Change Index: 0.6

Weighted Changed Factor: 10

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (344b)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
Preston CD, Croft JM
1997.  Aquatic plants in Britain and Ireland.