Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Salviniales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
See herbarium specimens at the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
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Flora of North America
Dwarf Waterclover, Small Waterclover
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February Miami-Dade County FL
Leaves clover-like, the 4 leaflets borne at the summit of the petiole, per Weakley's Flora (2015).
COMPARE aquatic plants
Fern/Fern ally; Emergent aquatic (rooted)
Non-native: Old World
Documented growing wild in GA - -
Look for it in lakes and streams, per Weakley's Flora
This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
- Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
- Forest Health Assessment & Applied Sciences Team: New Invaders of the Southeast
- Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Leaves deciduous in temperate regions
Each leaf (frond) palmately divided into 4 leaflets, resembling a 4-leaf clover
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!