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Aquatic plant with floating leaf blades. Corolla purple.
Hi all, Thank you for your comments. This plant is indeed growing naturally (wild) in Elk Neck State Park and is native to Maryland. It was in a freshwater area near and separated by a small dike from the Chesapeake Bay. It has a very gooey, mucilage that surrounds all underwater parts, making it slippery and difficult to pick up. Regardless of whether or not its native, it can become a problem ("invasive") in certain areas due to overgrowth.It is a relative of water-lily, and is similar with its floating leaves. The flowers are much smaller, however. It
I have this stuff all over the lake where I vacation. I'm curious to know about it too.
Welcome to Project Noah. This looks interesting stuff. Is it natural there; introduced, a problem?
Spotted on Jun 17, 2012 Submitted on Aug 17, 2012
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