Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4044

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

Non-native: probably introduced from further south
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Uncommon

Look for it in quiet waters, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

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

SC Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species List, 2003
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017
USDA Federal Noxious Weed List, 093014

 

Aquatic

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

FRUIT:

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Salvinia minima   FAMILY Salviniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Salvinia auriculata

 

COMMON NAME:
Water Spangles, Floating Fern


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image of Salvinia minima

JK Marlow    jkm160914_136

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

image of Salvinia minima

JK Marlow    jkm160914_136b

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

Hairs of upper leaf surface w 4 free, spreading branches [not joined at tips], per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Salvinia minima

JK Marlow    jkm160914_136c

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

Leaves entire, about 1cm in diameter, round or oval with a cordate base, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.


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image of Salvinia minima

JK Marlow    jkm160914_137

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop