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Salvinia molesta
Plant Family :Salviniaceae
Plant Form :aquatic
Growth Habit :Fern which floats on the water surface, but not typically fern like.
Description :Introduced. Salvinia taints and discolours water in storages, adversely affects other aquatic plants, animals and fish. Blocks irrigation pump inlets and prevents recreational use.
Distribution :Tropical and sub-tropical Australia, mainly slow moving creeks and still ponds, warm conditions and water with a high nutrient level help it thrive. Can multiply rapidly and cover the entire water suface in a short time (doubling in volume in 4 days ).
Weed Status :Medium importance, numbers to be reduced.
Introduced :Yes
Seen North Qld :  Yes

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