Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms-Laubach

common water-hyacinth

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New England Distribution

Adapted from BONAP data

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North America Distribution

Adapted from BONAP data

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Facts About

Common water-hyacinth is one of the world's most aggressive aquatic weeds, especially in the tropics, where it chokes slow-moving streams and ponds, altering habitats and out-competing native species. Native to Brazil, water-hyacinth was introduced to North America in 1884, and its control remains expensive and labor-intensive. It has been collected in Connecticut.

Habitat

Lacustrine (in lakes or ponds), riverine (in rivers or streams)

Characteristics

Habitat
aquatic
New England state
Connecticut
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  • Place
    Habitat
    aquatic
    New England state
    Connecticut
    Specific habitat
    • in lakes or ponds
    • in rivers or streams

Wetland Status

Occurs only in wetlands. (Wetland indicator code: OBL)

New England Distribution and Conservation Status

Distribution

Connecticut
present
Maine
absent
Massachusetts
absent
New Hampshire
absent
Rhode Island
absent
Vermont
absent

Conservation Status

None

Native to North America?

No

Synonyms

  • Eichhornia speciosa Kunth
  • Piaropus crassipes (Mart.) Raf.

Genus

Eichhornia

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Information from Dichotomous Key of Flora Novae Angliae

1.  Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms-Laubach E

common water-hyacinth. Eichhornia speciosa Kunth; Piaropus crassipes (Mart.) Raf. 
• CT. Slow-moving streams, ponds.