Herb: Least Duckweed

Latin name: Wolffia arrhiza

Family: Lemnaceae (Duckweed Family)

Edible parts of Least Duckweed:

Leaves - cooked. An excellent flavour, they taste somewhat like a sweet cabbage. The leaves are very nutritious, containing about 20% protein, 44% carbohydrate. 5% fat and are rich in vitamins A, B2, B6, C and nicotinic acid.

Description of the plant:


1 cm
(0.4 inch)

January to

Habitat of the herb:

Floating on quiet waters.

Propagation of Least Duckweed:

Seed - we have no information on this species but, since it can spread rapidly by division, it really needs no extra help once it is in a pond.

Cultivation of the herb:

Floating on quiet waters.

Medicinal use of Least Duckweed:

None known

Known hazards of Wolffia arrhiza:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.