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Water Hyacinth

Eichhornia crassipes

Description:

Invasive species

Habitat:

Spotted along canal banks at Okefenokee Swamp Park (Waycross entrance to Okefenokee NWR)

Notes:

First introduced to North America in 1884, an estimated 50 kilograms per square metre of hyacinth once choked Florida's waterways, although the problem there has since been mitigated.[citation needed] When not controlled, water hyacinth will cover lakes and ponds entirely; this dramatically impacts water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, and starves the water of oxygen, often killing fish (or turtles).

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Apr 6, 2012
Submitted on Feb 11, 2013

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