Killing off the Heart

Liz Jones

Crested Flying Heart

Latin:

NYMPHOIDES CRISTATA

Description:

•Perennial fresh water flower

Appearance/How to Identify:

•large green leaves

•purple under leaves

•five white

•fringed petals

Native Origin:

•Asia (Vietnam, Taiwan)

US location:

•shallow bodies of water, high risk in Texas

Threat

This species grows rapidly, covering the surface of bodies over water and blocking out the sun for other plants which kills off other important species of plants and aquatic animals

How was it introduced to the US?

This plant was introduced to the US originally as an ornamental plant for aquatic displays. It has spread because fragments get stuck in boats and are taken to new areas

How can we stop it?

Clean and dry boats, trailers, and equipment to prevent spread

Report through TexasInvasives.org

Citations:

•http://www.texasinvasives.org/plant_database/detail.php?symbol=NYCR

•http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Plant-Industry-Publications/Pest-Alerts/Nymphoides-cristata

•http://wssa.net/2013/01/scientists-recommend-banishing-dangerous-aquatic-weed-from-water-gardens/

•http://www.eddmaps.org/southeast/species/subject.cfm?sub=11616