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Anchored water hyacinth (Eichhornia azurea)

Anchored water hyacinth Description: Introduced to the United States as an ornamental in 1884.

Habit: Rooted perennial aquatic plant.

Leaves: Alternate along the stem. Submersed leaves are sessile while emersed leaves are petiolate. The petiole is never inflated.

Stems: Erect

Flowers: Held on erect stems obove the water surface. Can be from 7 to as many as 50 flowers per stem. Each flower blooms for 1 day and occurs from summer through fall.

Fruit and seeds: each flower can produce 10-13 small winged seeds.

Habitat: Native to Central and South America. Found in freshwater lakes, reservoirs, ponds, marshes and ditches.

Reproduction: By seed or vegetatively.

Similar species: American spongeplant (Limnobium spongia).

Monitoring and rapid response: Small populations can be hand pulled before flowering and seed-set. Aquatic herbicides can provide temporary control in small scales. Neochetina eichhorniae, N. bruchi (weevils), and Niphograpta albiguttalis (moth larvae) have been used in tropical and subtropical populations.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Bugwood Wiki.

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Common Name:

Anchored water hyacinth

Scientific Name:

Eichhornia azurea


(Water hyacinth)





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