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Water Hyacinth

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Water hyacinth
Water hyacinth, plants at Mara River - Photo by Ted D. Center; USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Scientific Name: 
Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms (ITIS)
Common Name: 
Common water-hyacinth, floating water hyacinth
Native To: 
South America (Zhang et al. 2010)
Date of U.S. Introduction: 
Means of Introduction: 
Ornamental (Toft et al. 2003)
Impact: 
Forms dense colonies that block sunlight and crowd out native species (Toft et al. 2003)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides detailed collection information as well as animated map.

Images

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Videos

Google. YouTube; University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Water Hyacinth.

Council or Task Force

California Invasive Plant Council.

In online book: Bossard, C.C., J.M. Randall, and M.C. Hoshovsky (Editors). 2000. Invasive Plants of California's Wildlands. University of California Press. Berkeley, CA
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Partnership
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Centre for Invasive Species Solutions; Atlas of Living Australia; Australian Government. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Federal Government
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

International Government
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).
State and Local Government

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Office of Water Resources.

See also: Aquatic Invasive Plants for species of concern

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Academic
Texas A&M University. AgriLife Extension Service. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

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