Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about this tiny fast-growing aquatic plant at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Invasives/fact/Mudmat.html
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
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Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Emergent aquatic that also has submerged leaves (rooted); Forb
Emergent plants grow as annuals; submerged plants are perennial
Habitat: Aquatic in oligotrophic lakes, reservoirs, and stormwater retention ponds, per Weakley's Flora
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
Submerged flowers cleistogamous; emergent flowers pinkish-white
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla
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