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Water hyacinth

Eichornia sp.


The seven species of water hyacinth comprise the genus Eichhornia. Water hyacinth are a free-floating perennial aquatic plant native to tropical and sub-tropical South America. With broad, thick, glossy, ovate leaves, water hyacinth may rise above the surface of the water as much as 1 meter in height. The leaves are 10–20 cm across, and float above the water surface. They have long, spongy and bulbous stalks. The feathery, freely hanging roots are purple-black. An erect stalk supports a single spike of 8-15 conspicuously attractive flowers, mostly lavender to pink in colour with six petals. When not in bloom, water hyacinth may be mistaken for frog's-bit (Limnobium spongia). Please see link for more info.


A water hyacinth flower.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Water hyacinth
Eichhornia sp. (probably E.crassipes) Water hyacinth

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1 Comment

coleen.sucgang 10 years ago

Thanks Craig. WIll update ID.

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Iloilo, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 23, 2012
Submitted on Jan 24, 2012


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