Watermeal is small in size and is a free-floating granular plant. It is the world’s smallest flowering plant and resembles small grains of green cornmeal. Watermeal can be mistaken for algae or duckweed. One way to differentiate it from duckweed is that watermeal lacks roots.
Dense infestations of watermeal are not just unsightly, but they can sharply reduce the amount of sunlight entering the water column causing a reduction of photosynthesis among all submerged pants. Watermeal's tendency to cover entire surfaces of water also reduces the oxygen levels of the water body resulting in oxygen depletion that can kill fish and other organisms. Watermeal is typically spread by clinging to the feathers of waterfowl going from pond to pond.
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