Environmental and Economic Concerns
- Thick mats stop navigation and water movement
- Displaces native plants in wet soils and shallow waters
- Resists control due to extensive starch-laden rhizomes
- Most widely dispersed invasive exotic plant in Florida public waters (present in 80%)
- Rapid growth and spread on exposed wet soils
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Status of the Aquatic Plant Maintenance Program in Florida Public Waters, Annual Report – Fiscal Year 2007-2008.