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Lemna minuta Humb., Bonpl. et Kunth is an aquatic plant that settles in shallow standing or slow-flowing waters, often in shaded conditions. Outbreaks of the species cause dense floating mats at the water surface that reduce light penetration and gas exchanges, causing the predominance of respiratory activities and the reduction in dissolved oxygen in water beneath the mats. As for native duckweed species, outbreaks are usually limited in time and space and are favoured by increased levels of water eutrophication that often cause the disappearance of submerged macrophytes. Waterfowl and Cyprinid fish are known to eat duckweeds to supplement their diet which may help to reduce outbreaks (Branquart et al. 2010).
Status and distribution in Luxembourg
Lemna minuta Humb., Bonpl. et Kunth was first documented in Mecheren near Remerschen (Municipality of Schengen) close to the bird watch station on 21 June 2015 by Guy Colling and on 29 June 2015 by A. Mesterházy (Krippel & Colling 2016: 39; MNHNL 2000-). It should be noted that the tiny water lens had already been reported for the Remerschen ponds in 2002 by Gérard Schmidt (in litt.), but no herbarium specimens had been taken at that time (Krippel & Colling 2016: 39).
3 records of the species are listed in the MNHNL-mdata online portal (MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF 2019).
This American aquatic monocotyledon, the smallest species of its kind (Synonym: Lemna minuscula Herter), was discovered in the wild here in 1983 (Lambinon & Verloove 2012: 976). Given its pervasive potential, it was listed on the alert list (Ries et al. 2013).
ISEIA Protocol: B1 (2+3+2+3) = Watch List. Reassessed 16 February 2017 by Yves Krippel and Christian Ries. Assessment before the appearance of the species in Luxembourg: B0 (2+3+2+3) = Alert List (Ries et al. 2013).
- Branquart, E., I. Stiers, L. Triest, S. Vanderhoeven, W. Van Landuyt, F. Van Rossum & F. Verloove, 2010. Harmonia database: Lemna minuta Humb., Bonpl. et Kunth. Harmonia version 1.2, Belgian Forum on Invasive Species. URL: http://ias.biodiversity.be [accessed on 2019-10-11]
- Krippel, Y. & G. Colling, 2016. Notes floristiques. Observations faites au Luxembourg (2014-2015). Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 118: 27-51. [PDF 1,33 MB]
- Lambinon J. & F. Verloove, 2012. Nouvelle flore de la Belgique, du grand-duché de Luxembourg, du Nord de la France et des régions voisines. Sixième édition. Avec la collaboration de L. Delvosalle, B. Toussaint, D. Geerinck, I. Hoste, F. Van Rossum, B. Cornier, R. Schumacker, A. Vanderpoorten et H. Vannerom. Jardin botanique national de Belgique, Meise. CXXXIX + 1195 pp. ISBN : 9789072619884.
- MNHNL, 2000-. Lemna minuta Humb., Bonpl. et Kunth in Recorder-Lux, database on the natural heritage of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Musée national d’histoire naturelle, Luxembourg. URL: https://mdata.mnhn.lu [Accessed 2019-10-11]
- MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2019. Lemna minuta Humb., Bonpl. et Kunth in MNHNL-mdata, online portal combining species observation from Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist and GBIF. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: https://mdata.mnhn.lu [Accessed 2019-10-11]
- Ries, C., Y. Krippel, M. Pfeiffenschneider & S. Schneider, 2013. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of non-native vascular plant species in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 114: 15-21. [PDF 652 KB]
Suggested citation of this webpage
Ries, C. & M. Pfeiffenschneider (Eds.), 2020. Lemna minuta Humb., Bonpl. et Kunth. In: neobiota.lu - Invasive Alien Species in Luxembourg. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: https://neobiota.lu/lemna-minuta/ [Accessed 2020-01-27].