Clarksville, Ark. --- If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. But what about duckweed?
Taylor Crutchfield conducted her senior biology research on how the common water plant, duckweed, could be used to help purify contaminated water.
Botanically assigned to the Lemnaceae family, duckweed is the smallest flowering plant in the world. But while an individual duckweed plant may measure only a few millimeters in size, interest in the plant is growing, as more scientists seek to unlock the potential of this diminutive plant. As pointed out by John W. Cross in his book The Charms of Duckweed:
Duckweed, botanically of the Lemnaceae family, are the smallest flowering plants in the world. Taylor’s research measured how well the plant survived in different samples of contaminated water.*