Wanted:The Water Hyacinth

Latin name: Eichhornia crassipes

The Water Hog

Commonly referred to as the floating water hyacinth or the common water hyacinth. You can find them floating in freshwater. They have an inflated and hollow stalk with a waxy green leaf. They are most noticeable by their light-purple flowers.
The water hyacinth was originally from South America. In the United States the water hyacinth is most abundant in the Southeast and also California and Hawaii.

Crimes Committed

The water hyacinth is considered one of the world’s worst weeds, invading lakes, ponds, canals, and rivers. The presence of Water Hyacinth disrupts all life on the water. They clog waterways preventing river travel, block irrigation canals, destroy rice fields, ruin fishing grounds. By shading the water, these plants deprived native aquatic plants of sunlight and animals of oxygenated water.


With the elimination of the water hyacinth our water oxidation will rise and our fisheries will do better. Our water habitats and native pants will be able to grow and prosper. The plant greatly diminishes the quality of the water and greatly reduces animal and plant life so if it's eliminated our waters will be better for all wildlife.
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