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Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms
Common water-hyacinth

Eichhornia crassipes
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Pontederiaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Freshwater Aquatic

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Brazil; widely cultivated and naturalized elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

FLEPPC Status: Category I Invasive

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For more information and images, visit Florida Invasive Plant Species Mobile Field Guide (FLIP).

Other data on Eichhornia crassipes available from :

Eichhornia crassipes has been found in the following 22 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Present Not Native, Naturalized
Delray Beach, Lake Ida parcel Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dupuis Reserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Everglades National Park Assumed to be Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fern Forest Nature Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hawk's Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
Pond Apple Slough Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Savannas Preserve State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Seabranch Preserve State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Tree Tops Park Present Not Native, Naturalized

Eichhornia crassipes has been found in the following 8 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Not Native, Naturalized
Collier County Not Native, Naturalized
Glades County Not Native, Naturalized
Hendry County Not Native, Naturalized
Lee County Not Native, Naturalized
Martin County Not Native, Naturalized
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Naturalized
Palm Beach County Not Native, Naturalized

Eichhornia crassipes has been found in the following 11 habitats :
Blackwater Stream
Disturbed Wetland
Dome Swamp
Flatwoods/Prairie Lake
Floodplain Swamp
Marsh Lake
River Floodplain Lake
Sinkhole Lake
Slough
Strand Swamp
Swamp Lake

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Eichhornia crassipes
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Eichhornia crassipes
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Eichhornia crassipes
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr
Eichhornia crassipes
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr