Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
'Now tell me what perils you really dread most for your ship, Captain Richards?" expecting him to say icebergs, or derelicts, or fog, or something of that sort. Not a bit of it. I've always remembered his answer. 'Sedgius aquatici,' he said, which I take to be a kind of duck-weed."
1. a person without a home, a job or property;
a very small plant that grows on the surface of still water.