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Name: Maggie
Status: student
Age: 13
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Date: 10/16/2004


Question:
I am doing a science project about duck weed. One of the questions is how it reproduces. I know that it reproduces asexually, but all the websites are really confusing and hard to follow. If at all possible, please explain to me how duck weed reproduces in a way a 7th grader can understand.


Replies:
Duckweed (Lemna minor) does occasionally have flowers; however, as you note, its main path of reproduction is by asexual clonal spread. It forms a thick, spreading mat. The following might be helpful:

http://www.rook.org/earl/bwca/nature/aquatics/lemna.html

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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