This reference guide defines the parameters considered by aquatic plant managers and FWC biologists when formulating a management plan using herbicides in Florida waters. No single herbicide is appropriate for controlling all invasive or nuisance aquatic plant infestations. Therefore, aquatic plant managers must have a thorough understanding of how each herbicide acts in Florida aquatic […]
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Michael D. Netherland US Army Engineer Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory Editor, Journal of Aquatic Plant Management Jeffrey D. Schardt Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Invasive Plant Management Section Introduction Aquatic plant management is a complex discipline that blends the predictable sciences of water chemistry and hydrology with the highly variable parameters of […]
Aquatic plant management is a complex discipline that blends predictable sciences of chemistry and hydrology with the highly variable parameters of biology and meteorology, for application in venues with boundaries defined by human values and economics. Successful aquatic plant managers evaluate waterbody uses and functions, conserve or enhance natural processes and human uses of public […]
Quick Facts MORE INFO Scientific name Ipomoea aquatica Origin China Introduction Mid-1900s, vegetable crop Aquatic community Emergent Habitat Dry land, shorelines, floating mats Distribution Isolated sites, statewide Management effort Eradication 2014 public waters / plant acres: 0 / 0 Environmental and Economic Concerns Grows several inches per day Forms dense canopies over emergent plants Creates floating […]
Quick Facts MORE INFO Scientific name Salvinia molesta Origin South America Introduction 1990s, horticulturists Aquatic community Floating Habitat Water surfaces, quiescent waters Distribution N & central FL lakes, SW FL canals Management effort Eradication in several locations 2014 public waters / plant acres: 0 / 0 Environmental and Economic Concerns Grows rapidly and reproduces by […]
Non-native Plants Non-native plants (“weeds” or “exotics”) have been introduced to an area from their native range, either purposefully or accidentally. The term non-native usually refers to plants from other countries, regions, or continents. Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) comes from South America. Melaluca (Melaleuca quinquenervia) comes from Australia. However, non-native can also mean plants from another region […]