(Lemna minor) The weed that covers the surface of stagnant water is Jenny Greenteeth, the nursery bogey who is supposed to drag children down into the pool. Though the role of the weed was well understood, children were told to beware of Jenny Greenteeth (in fact the weed was actually called Jenny Greenteeth in some parts). Jenny, they said, enticed little children into the ponds by making them look like grass, and so safe to walk on. As soon as the child stepped on to the green, it parted, and so of course the child fell through into Jenny's clutches and was drowned. The green weed then closed over, hiding all traces of the child's ever being there. Lancashire children were told that if they did not clean their teeth, they would one day be dragged into one of the pools by Jenny Greenteeth (Vickery. 1983; Vickery. 1995).
A Lincolnshire weather pointer is that duckweed rises in a pond when the weather is going to be fine (Rudkin).
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