Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1309

Fern/Fern ally; Floating aquatic (rootless)
Annual/Perennial

Non-native: Brazil
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare. Considered a noxious aquatic weed

Look for it in still waters of farm ponds, calcareous seepage ponds, and other situations, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species List, 2003
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
USDA Federal Noxious Weed List, 093014
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

Aquatic

LEAVES:
Two simple, floating emergent leaves; & a third, divided underwater leaf

FRUIT:

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Salviniales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Salvinia molesta   FAMILY Salviniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Salvinia molesta   FAMILY Salviniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Salvinia molesta

(?) Salvinia adnata

 

COMMON NAME:
Giant Salvinia