Carolinas and Georgia

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Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Salviniales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Salvinia molesta   FAMILY Salviniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Salvinia molesta   FAMILY Salviniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Salvinia molesta

(?) Salvinia adnata

 

COMMON NAME:
Giant Salvinia


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Look for it in still waters of farm ponds, calcareous seepage ponds, and other situations, per Weakley's Flora

Fern/Fern ally; Floating aquatic (rootless)
Annual/Perennial

Non-native: Brazil
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare. Considered a noxious aquatic weed


INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

Aquatic

LEAVES:
Two simple, floating emergent leaves; & a third, divided underwater leaf
Whorls of 3

FRUIT:

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Salvinia molesta   FAMILY Salviniaceae

Giant Salvinia