12.11.2005

That Green Stuff


Water garden...there are at least six, probably seven, species of plants in this photo: a liverwort, an azolla, two spirodelas, a wolffia, a wolffiella, and just possibly a lemna.

Let's simplify and call it all "duckweed."

13 comments:

jun said...

how terrific all creatures are! your blog teaches me that freshly.

Watchmania said...

These watery things have very cool names. Wolffiella Spirodella, the famous opera singer ... hmmnnn ...

Pushesrb said...

awesome picture! it makes me want to paint. btw...i posted some pictures of the car break-in incident on my blog.

Anvilcloud said...

What if I said that I am green with envy? I'm not yet because I'm still liking early winter, but it's still nice to see all of the lushness there.

Floridacracker said...

When I had mallards, I made it a point to bring them duckweed whenever I had a chance to scoop some from a pond or ditch.

It must taste like mocha almond fudge ice cream to a duck. The excited duckisms and feverish slurping was a wonder to watch.

Ontario Wanderer said...

I realize that this might be close to work but...could you add to your post and point out which species is which species and what to look for in making that ID? I, for one, would be very interested!

swamp4me said...

OW, I will be happy to do a post that highlights each of the species, but it will have to wait until mid-week. I'm off to two days of training and won't have access to my computer for a couple of days.

Ontario Wanderer said...

S4M, Thanks! Hope your training sessions are useful.

Nelumbo said...

Do you have a suggestion of where to find liverworts? I dug up some from a greenhouse floor once, but they didn't survive.

I want to bring in a sample when I start the botany section.

SquirrleyMojo said...

woo-woo! someone must be making merry with the Christmas/Holiday Cheer???

swamp4me said...

nelumbo, I find most liverworts right along the banks of streams. The one in the picture in this post is an aquatic one and floats on the surface of the water. Did you try keeping your greenhouse floor liverworts in a terrarium? When I was a teacher I found it difficult to keep plants alive in my classroom unless they were in a terrarium. Good luck with your botany section!

SQMojo, ah, if only it were all holiday cheer keeping me from my blog...alas, at the moment I am recovering from my PRK procedure and am navigating with only one good eye ;) Things are progressing nicely though, and I expect to be able to post something new soon.

Nelumbo said...

swamp4me,

Thanks for the tip. I didn't realize there were aquatic liverworts! Hope you are recovering well

SquirrleyMojo said...

ACk! My comment never posted:

I had forgotten about the PRK--I take it that all went well with the latest bout of pictures--are you seeing microscopic things now??? wow. :-)

I've been thinking about PRK too--stop by and give some details/advice if you can . . .