Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2984

Fern/Fern ally; Floating aquatic (the roots floating)
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain of GA & SC, uncommon elsewhere, but oft locally abundant

Look for it in stagnant waters of interdune ponds, limesink ponds, old millponds, beaver ponds, floodplain sloughs, often locally abundant, per Weakley's Flora

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Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple - tiny

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Azolla caroliniana   FAMILY Salviniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Azolla caroliniana   FAMILY Azollaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 015-01-001:
Azolla caroliniana   FAMILY Azollaceae

LESS THAN Taxonomy of the American Azolla species (Azollaceae) (Evrard & Van Hove, 2004)
Azolla filiculoides

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Mosquito Fern, Water Fern


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_azca_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160914_152

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

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JK Marlow    jkm160914_159

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

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Keith Bradley    kab_a_caroliniana_75355

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

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Keith Bradley    kab_a_caroliniana_75355b

September    Miami-Dade County    FL

Plants dark red to green, free-floating, ca. 1cm wide, often in dense mats, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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JK Marlow    jkm101120_256

November    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park