Limnophila sessiliflora is a freshwater amphibious herb which has two distinctly different forms of leaves, submersed and emersed. It may form dense stands from the bottom to the top of the water. Limnophila sessiliflora and Limnophila indica, both non-native species present in the U.S., are frequently cultured as aquarium plants.
Non-Native to Florida
Origin: India to Southeast Asia1
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This species appears on the following legally prohibited plant lists
|Federal Noxious Weed List||Florida Noxious Weed List||Florida Prohibited Aquatic Plants List|
LIMNOPHILA SESSILIFLORA (Vahl)
limnophila, ambulia, Asian marshweed
pronounced: lim-no-fil-a se-si-li-flo-ra
limne (G.): marsh, swamp
phil (G.): loving
sessil (L.): without a stalk
flora (L.): flower
“marsh loving plant having flowers without stalks”
First, clean your boat before you leave the ramp! Transporting plant fragments on boats, trailers, and in livewells is the main introduction route to new lakes and rivers. But, there’s plenty more you can do to help.
The action of mechanical harvestors and chopping machines serves to help spread this invasive plant, which re-grows from leaf fragments.
The herbivorous (plant-eating) biological control fish, the Chinese grass carp, does not eat Limnophila sessiliflora
Registered aquatic herbicides provide very limited control of this species (Mahler 1980); however, high levels of 2-4,D reportedly kills this plant (Mahler 1980); otherwise, there is almost no literature describing possible control methods for this plant.