Carolinas and Georgia

2512

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Commelinales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Eichhornia crassipes   FAMILY Pontederiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Eichhornia crassipes   FAMILY Pontederiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 039-01-001:
Eichhornia crassipes   FAMILY Pontederiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Piaropus crassipes

 

COMMON NAME:
Water Hyacinth


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Look for it in ponds, ditches, sluggish water, per Weakley's Flora

Floating aquatic (the roots floating); Forb
Perennial

Non-native: tropical America
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon


INVASIVE

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

 

Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Blue, light purple
Bisexual
4 petaloid perianth segments, in two whorls
6 stamens (3 long, 3 short)
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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



Eichhornia crassipes   FAMILY Pontederiaceae

Water Hyacinth