Florida’s Most Invasive Aquatic Plants
Ninety-six percent of the Florida public waters inventoried in 2017 contained one or more non-native plants. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission considers 18 of the 26 non-native aquatic plants found in Florida’s public waters to be invasive.
Invasive plants were reported in 92% of the public waters inventoried during 2017 and impacted more than 66,600 acres. This includes an estimated 55,700 acres impacted by the hydrilla standing crop as well as subterranean hydrilla tubers that can rapidly sprout and start a new infestation.