Heine, Adansonia ser. Public Domain/Released by Cardex/via wikipedia. Evaluating the invasive potential of South American spongeplant, Limnobium laevigatum (Humboldt and Bonpland ex Willdenow) Heine, in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This suggests that there may be a seed bank (Akers, 2010). After an initial quiet phase lasting about four years, it began to spread quickly (Akers, 2010). Murphy KJ; Dickinson G; Thomaz SM; Bini LM; Dick K; Greaves K; Kennedy MP; Livingstone S; McFerran H; Milne JM; Oldroyd J; Wingfield RA, 2003. > 0°C, dry winters). Heine (Hydrocharitaceae) - South American spongeplant. Growth and propagation of Limnobium laevigatum (Hydrocharitaceae) under different nutrient concentrations. & Bonpl. Frogbit is a floating freshwater plant from Central and South America. L. laevigatum can from dense mats across waterbodies (with up to 2,500 plants m-2 recorded). In warm-temperate and (sub-) tropical areas it may behave as a noxious aquatic weed. Berkeley, California, USA: California Invasive Plants Council. Hydrocharitaceae: Limnobium laevigatum. Hydromystria laevigata (Humb. It is native to Mexico, Brazil, Antigua, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (Bove, 2016; USDA-ARS, 2016). It is native to lakes, ponds and slow-flowing rivers in all of Central and South America. Amazon frogbit reproduces sexually through flower pollination and seed production, although this can be difficult to reproduce in the home aquarium. Placement: Floating - Floating on the surface. (Hydrocharitaceae in Lista de Espécies da Flora do Brasil.) Smooth Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) The roots of this floating plant help to remove nitrates from the pond and the leaves offer great shelter for small wildlife and fry, as well as helping to prevent algae. Kadono Y, 2004. Anderson L; Akers P, 2011. Akers P, 2010. Hydrocharella echinospora Spruce ex Benth. Hawkesbury River County Council, 2014. This means that it must be eradicated from land. Pesticides should always be used in a lawful manner, consistent with the product's label. http://www.eol.org. http://floradobrasil.jbrj.gov.br/jabot/floradobrasil/FB17824, Calflora, 2016. Beltsville, Maryland, USA: National Germplasm Resources Laboratory. Limnobium laevigatum from South America is a decorative floating plant that is particularly suitable for open aquariums. It can be distinguished from L. spongia by its flowers and leaf characteristics. L. laevigatum originates from fresh water habitats in the tropics and subtropics. Each with 3 petals, which are especially bent back when bent. Laevigatum (Humb. http://avh.ala.org.au. Frogbit is a floating freshwater plant from Central and South America. Botanical description: Perennial plant with leaves floating on the surface rather than growing from water. This species has a high reproductive potential as it can reproduce both sexually by seed and vegetatively through offshoots. It is a wonderful decorative plant that floats on the water and makes it aesthetically pleasing. The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. It is also good in traditional aquariums, because the fine, long and decorative roots provide protection to gouramies and other surface fish that like the roots of floating plants. & Bonpl. Hrusa F; Ertter B; Sanders A; Leppig G; Dean E, 2002. It can be found growing wild in lakes, ponds, and slow rivers all over Central and South America. Awareness Flyer. In addition to water hyacinth, it is can also be confused with European frog-bit. Depending on the treatment, the two species within the genus Limnobium are either maintained as different species or they are placed within one species but as two different varieties (L. spongia var. According to the USDA-ARS (2016) it is native to Chile however Hyde et al., (2016) state that L. laevigatum is not present in Chile. Quantity: minimum of 3 plant saplings Origin: North America Plant positioning: Water surface Light requirement: – CO2 requirement: nil Plant difficulty level: Easy Plant Propagation: plantlets Frogbit is one of the most suited and commonly used plants in traditional aquariums. Adult plants produce small white flowers during reproduction. 1-5 cm tall and leaves from 5-15 cm wide. USDA-ARS, 2016. Seeds, seedlings (which develop in water) and entire plants are all dispersed by water (Lowden, 1992). Akers P, 2010. All rights reserved. Acevedo-Rodríguez P; Strong MT, 2005. Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. & Bonpl. More information about modern web browsers can be found at http://browsehappy.com/. Limnobium Richard (incl. Alien Aquatic Plants Naturalized in Japan: History and Present Status. Limnobium spongia is the only Limnobium species known to occur in Florida (Wunderlin, 2014).Frog’s bit is located in the southeastern U.S., as well as a few states in the north. In the wild, they produce seeds from small white flowers, but in aquariums, they mostly spread via runners. ex Willd.) Please consider upgrading your browser to the latest version or installing a new browser. Both are highly variable species; leaf shape is important in differentiating the them: L. laevigatum has a more rounded leaf apex , a shallower basal notch, little or no red pigment, and shorter stolons (plants more crowded) than L. spongia . Sacramento, California, USA: Department of Food and Agriculture. Natural habitat of the kind is on South-East of the USA (its northern boarder – Illinois, Indiana and West V… Rhodora, 94(878):111-134. Ex Willd.) Limnobium spongia is more likely to form emergent leaves than L. laevigatum, which produces emergent leaves only when it becomes crowded. Hunz. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. The seeds are 1 mm long, ellipsoid, and hairy (Cook and Urmi-König, 1983; Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). Limnobium laevigatum, Amazon frogbit, is a floating plant that looks a bit like a very large duckweed. The juvenile plants have a great capacity for distribution in that they are small, they float and can be easily and quickly carried along by water currents. Propagules are dispersed as hitchhikers on watercrafts. This family contains the genus Hydrilla, with H. verticillata known as “one of the world’s worst submersed-type aquatic weeds” (Anderson and Akers, 2011). This plant was introduced to North American waterways through use as ornamental plant in aquariums a, Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. L. laevigatum is now present in 12 counties in California (Calflora, 2016; Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). A revision of the genus Limnobium including Hydromystria (Hydrocharitaceae). Amazon Frogbit, Limnobium laevigatum detected naturalized species in Western Australia. http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/286#declarations, Perryman MJ, 2013. A characteristic trait of the young plants is the presence of spongy aerenchyma tissue on the underside of the leaf. Aquatic Botany, 17(1):1-27. Other Common Names: frogbit, West Indian spongeplant, Amazon frogbit, smooth frogbit Weed class: A Year Listed: 2020 Native to: Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean including Puerto Rico, and south through … The use of choppers and shredders however often result in the small seedlings breaking off and spreading into new areas (DiTomaso et al., 2013). Alien Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. ex Willd.) In New South Wales, Australia, this species is listed as a Prohibited Weed (NSW Department of Primary Industries, 2016). Putzke (2009) reports on use of aquatic macrophytes such as L. laevigatum for cultivation of the mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus in wetlands. A weed risk assessment by USDA-APHIS (2013) for L. laevigatum rated this species as ‘high risk and a ‘major invader’. National Plant Germplasm System. South-American frogbit is a popular floating plant for aquaria that is rather undemanding and grows fast. Its round smooth leaves are attractive in open tanks, the long roots bring a … BioInvasions Records. Limnobium contains only two species, with L. laevigatum being more commonly cultivated for ponds and aquaria. It is considered one of the best plants for open and traditional aquariums. Heine (Hydrocharitaceae) becoming prevalent in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Amazon Frogbit, Limnobium laevigatum detected naturalized species in Western Australia. L. laevigatum often forms sub-communities with Eichhornia azurea (Murphy et al., 2003) and often grows and floats with Eichhornia crassipes (Howard et al., 2016). Hence it is widely […] Putzke J, 2009. ex Willd.) It also has a high propensity for dispersal. & Bonpl. Limnobium spongia subsp. http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw. There are records of this species in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, and Zambia and Zimbabwe. Global Environmental Research, 8(2):163-169. IPNI Life Sciences Identifier (LSID) urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:140251-2 Publication Adansonia; recueil (périodique) d'observations botaniques. laevigatum) (Cook and Urmi-König, 1983; Acevedo-Rodriguez and Strong, 2005). The former is widely cultivated as an aquatic ornamental or as an aquarium plant. Ferna´ndez OA; Sutton DL; Lallana VH; Sabbatini MR; Irigoyen JH, 1990. Mey.) The leaves form a leaf rosette that has 2 scaly stems on the basis of it. California Invasive Plants Council. Finally, I discovered Amazon frogbit, also known as Limnobium laevigatum or smooth frogbit , and it’s awesome! Encyclopedia of Life, 2016. It can also reproduce vegetatively through fragmentation of stolon segments which connect rosettes (Cook and Urmi-König, 1983). Flowers are small, white, and unisexual. & Bonpl. DiTomaso JM; Kyser GB; Oneto SR; Wilson RG; Orloff SB; Anderson LW; Wright SD; Roncoroni JA; Miller TL; Prather TS; Ransom C; Beck KG; Duncan C; Wilson KA; Mann JJ, 2013. It grows in full sun, but in Puerto Rico it is also reported to grow in shady streams (Acevedo-Rodriguez and Strong, 2005; USDA-APHIS, 2013). 1-5 cm tall and leaves from 5-15 cm wide. A pest report from California suggests that the floating mats will probably alter many ecosystem processes such as carbon and nutrient cycling. A weed risk assessment by USDA-APHIS (2013) for L. laevigatum rated this species as ‘high risk’ and a ‘major invader’. Limnobium laevigatum (West Indian spongeplant); habit and flower. Smaller plants will break off the main plant, and they will grow to form full plants in their new location. Once introduced into a new area it is likely to spread rapidly due to its high reproductive potential and high propensity for dispersal (Anderson and Akers, 2011). > 10°C, Cold average temp. Juvenile plants grow in rosettes of floating leaves that lie prostrate upon the water surface. CABI is a registered EU trademark. ex Willd. Plants can form into large mats of runners and adult plants can deve… Free postage. Weed Control in Natural Areas in the Western United States. Limnobium spongia is more likely to form emergent leaves than L. laevigatum, which produces emergent leaves only when it becomes crowded. & Hook.f. Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide. Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum). It has been kept and traded for use in fish ponds, aquariums and water features. Common names for this species include South American spongeplant and Amazon or smooth frogbit (Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). One or more of the features that are needed to show you the maps functionality are not available in the web browser that you are using. © The Aquaportal 2019. ex Willd.) L. laevigatum can reproduce sexually through flower pollination and seed production (Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). Smooth Frogbit is medium spreading, has shiny green leaves which are … Floating leaves on petiole 0.5-1 cm long with rounded round blade. 5 (4), 221-225. http://www.reabic.net/journals/bir/2016/4/BIR_2016_Howard_etal.pdf DOI:10.3391/bir.2016.5.4.05, Hyde MA, Wursten BT, Ballings P, Coates Palgrave M, 2016. Weed risk assessment for Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. Scientific name of the kind was fist published in 1814 in the article of a French plant biologist Louis Claude Marie Richard in the 12th issue of Mémoires de la Classe des Sciences Mathématiques et Physiques de L’Institut National de France. Flora of Zimbabwe. some aquatic birds) and block light to the aquatic community below (Akers, 2010). Cold temperatures are more likely to limit its distribution. A number of aquatic herbicides have been recommended for control of this species. (2016) report more localities in both Zimbabwe and Zambia. Flora of Zambia. In addition to this their distributions are different as L. spongia is not known to occur in Western States unlike L. laevigatum (Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). Wallingford, UK: CABI, Howard G W, Hyde M A, Bingham M G, 2016. Flowers are small, white, and unisexual. > 10°C, Cold average temp. Easily fades away and later roots appear on the main roots. Blade 2-4 cm long, 1.5-3 cm wide, often puffy. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysearch.aspx. At first, they are wrapped in a fine tiny root hair that glitters blue. Limnobium is, as currently understood (Haynes 2000, Mabberley 2008), a genus of one or two closely related species (L. laevigatum and L. spongia (Bosc) Richard ex Steudel). L. laevigatum originates from fresh water habitats of tropical and subtropical regions in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Draft pest profile for Limnobium laevigatum. L. laevigatum was intentionally introduced to North American waterways through use in aquariums and aquascapes (Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). Leaves are subcircular, floating, glabrous and glossy above, with a thick layer of air-filled spongy tissue beneath, base rounded or shallowly cordate. L. laevigatum originates from fresh water habitats of tropical and subtropical Central and South America (Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). Hyde et al., (2016) report that L. laevigatum is rare at a national level in Zimbabwe, but abundant in some dams near Harare. Like every float, it needs enough nutrients, especially nitrogen, to grow well. Female flowers have an inferior ovary. Compared with the North American frogbit species Limnobium spongia, which is only rarely cultivated in aquaria these days, it is much more adaptable especially regarding temperature. In South America, its native range, L. laevigatum also forms dense mats which have been reported to disrupt thousands of kilometres of drainage canals dug for transporting timber (Fernández et al., 1990). It is native to lakes, ponds and slow-flowing rivers in all of Central and South America. Limnobium is a group of aquatic plants in the Hydrocharitaceae, a flowering plant family found throughout the world but is primarily located in tropical regions. http://www.zambiaflora.com/, Bove CP, 2016. Aquatic weeds: the ecology and management of nuisance aquatic vegetation. The seeds can germinate underwater (Cook and Urmi-König, 1983). Although now regulated and subject to eradication in California, L. laevigatum is still grown and sold by the aquatic nursery plant trade. Awareness Flyer., http://www.sercul.org.au/docs/Amazon_Frogbit_lr_pdf, USDA-ARS, 2016. production after waste treatment. There are reports of the seeds being spread by wind (Anderson and Akers, 2011). There is currently very little information on the growth rates, nutrient requirements and cold tolerance of L. laevigatum which would help to provide information on the likelihood of this species becoming invasive in other countries. £2.00 postage. It can be found growing wild in lakes, ponds, and slow rivers all … In: Aquatic weeds: the ecology and management of nuisance aquatic vegetation [ed. L. laevigatum is a floating or emergent aquatic herb. © Copyright 2020 CAB International. Cal IPC News, 17(4):4-7. Heine HH, 1968. The fruit contains up to 100 seeds. Compared with the North American frogbit species Limnobium spongia, which is only rarely cultivated in aquaria these days, it is much more adaptable especially regarding temperature. Aquatic macrophytes in mushroom (Pleurotus sp.) Limnobium Laevigatum Live Freshwater Plant - Aquatic Farmer Limnobium laevigatum—also known as Amazon Frogbit-- is a fast-growing, decorative floating plant that is particularly suitable for open aquariums and ponds. Lowden RM, 1992. Contact us about this record. Flora of Zimbabwe., http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw. Synonyms: Salvinia laevigata Willdenow 1810, Hydromystria laevigata (Willdenow) AT Hunziker, Limnobium stoloniferum (GFW Meyer) Grisebach. Unpublished report. Alien Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. In one place in California 2,500 plants m-2 were recorded (Akers, 2010). Pieterse AH; Murphy KJ, 1990. It has been kept and traded for use in fish ponds, aquariums and water features. Aquatic plant communities and predictors of diversity in a sub-tropical river floodplain: the upper Rio Paraná, Brazil. Limnobium was described as a genus in 1814 and contains only two species: L. laevigatum and L. spongia.L. Emersed grow: Impossible to grow emersions. Observations in California confirm that vegetative mats consisting of L. laevigatum move with the current and pile up wherever there is an obstruction. Due to the variable regulations around (de)registration of pesticides, your national list of registered pesticides or relevant authority should be consulted to determine which products are legally allowed for use in your country when considering chemical control. It has fragile roots that will damage larger and more vivid fish. £4.99. With respect to its habit and morphology, L. laevigatum is very similar to Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth), which is widely recognised as a significant invader (Pieterse and Murphy, 1990). Caderno de Pesquisa Serie Biologia, 21(3):81-86. http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=cp09020&lang=en, SERCUL(South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare), 2013. Furthermore, it differs in that L. laevigatum has: a petioles in floating leaves, the leaves are arched. 12 sold. Paris Collation Reproduction: Offshoots From the base of the leaf rosette it protrudes the protuberances on which the young plants are formed which are chained on the protuberances, Did you know: This plant is related to Limnobium spongia and has long been considered its subspecies (Limnobium spongia subsp. ex Willd.) Flowers are rare in the aquarium. Flora of Zambia., http://www.zambiaflora.com/, CABI, Undated. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report. The fruit is a fleshy, berry-like capsule 4–13 mm long and 2–5 mm in diameter, borne on a recurved pedicel, developing in mud or under water. R. Raleigh, USA: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service., 16 pp. L. laevigatum islisted as a noxious weed in California and has been classified as having high invasiveness by the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) inventory (Cal-IPC, 2015). http://www.sercul.org.au/docs/Amazon_Frogbit_lr_pdf. Limnobium Laevigatum Floating Amazon Frogbit x 5/10 plants Live Aquarium plant. Ex Willd.) L. laevigatum is a floating aquatic plant native to fresh water habitats of tropical and subtropical Central and South America. Encyclopedia of Life. It is possible for L. laevigatum to form dense mats on watercourses thereby decreasing biodiversity. Although L. laevigatum is now regulated and subject to eradication in California (USDA-APHIS, 2013), it’s still grown and sold by the aquatic nursery plant trade (Hrusa et al., 2002) so new introductions are likely. In an aquarium, most reproduction will occur through plant stem fragmentation. July 2011. The species is monoecious (there are separate male and female flowers on the same plant) (Acevedo-Rodriguez and Strong, 2005) and plants are autogamous (pollen from male flowers pollinate female flowers on the same plant). The level should be calm and well lit. NSW Department of Primary Industries, 2016, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2016), SERCUL(South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare) (2013), http://www.cal-ipc.org/resources/news/pdf/Cal-IPC_News_2011Spring.pdf, Aponte H; Pacherres CO, 2013. It has been estimated that about 29% of the USA would be suitable for L. laevigatum to establish (USDA-APHIS, 2013). laevigatum (aHe): a.-c. from the Do minican Republic (Lowden 3601): a. leafy segments of a monoecious plant showing emergent rooted habit with staminate flower at anthesis and mature fruits of The species has been introduced to California, USA and has escaped into greater waterways including areas surrounding Redding and Arcata, the Sacramento River delta and the San Joaquin River and ponds and irrigation canals. This can dramatically change the habitat structure, limit access by other species (e.g. laevigatum (Humb. Aquatic weed problems and management in South and Central America. Limnobium laevigatum from South America is a decorative floating plant that is particularly suitable for open aquariums. After pollination the pedicel of female flowers bends downward, forcing the fruit to develop in the water or in the mud (Cook and Urmi-König, 1983). New York, USA: Oxford University Press, 406-425. The temperature of the water is not demanding, it grows well above 30 ° C (18-28 ° C optimum). [English title not available]. Evaluation of four herbicides for management of American frogbit (Limnobium spongia). In Puerto Rico it is reported to grow in shallow ponds, sluggish shaded rivers, fresh-water ditches and swamps at or near sea level (USDA-APHIS, 2013). It can be found growing wild in lakes, ponds, and slow rivers all … 8 (2), 163-169. Single-sex flowers, dioecious plants. It can rapidly invade and smother waterways and is a serious biosecurity threat to NSW. It’s long, fine roots also provide protection to young fry and surface fish like go Aquatic weeds: the ecology and management of nuisance aquatic vegetation., 593 pp. Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, 2016. Contributions from the United States National Herbarium, volume 52:415 pp. Limnobium Laevigatum is a floating aquatic plant and a member of the family ‘Hyadrocharitaceae’: this is a flowering plant family comprising 16 known generas with a total of about 135 known species which includes the popular Amazon frogbit. Overview: More popular as Amazon frogbit, Limnobium laevigatum is a native to South America. This species has the potential to spread into a number of states in the USA. Wallingford, UK: CABI, CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Lowden. Floral variation and taxonomy of Limnobium LC Richard (Hyrocharitaceae). These include diquat, glyphosate, Imazapyr and 2,4-D (DiTomaso et al., 2013; Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). 20 pp. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). £3.00. The Biologist (Lima), 11(1):69-78. http://sisbib.unmsm.edu.pe/BVRevistas/biologist/v11_n1/pdf/a6v11n1.pdf, Bingham M; Willemen A; Wursten B; Ballings P; Hyde M, 2016. ex Willd.) L. laevigatum is used in aquariums and aquascapes (Encyclopedia of Life, 2016) and is grown and sold by the aquatic nursery plant trade in many parts of the world. The fruit contains up to 100 seeds. Catalogue of non-native vascular plants occurring spontaneously in California beyond those addressed in The Jepson Manual - Part I. Madroño, 49(2):61-98. Draft pest profile for Limnobium laevigatum., Sacramento, California, USA: Department of Food and Agriculture. Mature plants grow up to 50 cm tall and have emergent leaves borne on petioles that are not swollen or inflated like the spongy leaf stalks of water hyacinth. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysimple.aspx, Ymkje van de Witte, Consultant, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Davis, California, USA: Weed Research and Information Center, University of California, 544 pp. (Crecimiento y propagación de Limnobium laevigatum (Hydrocharitaceae) bajo diferentes concentraciones de nutrientes.) Alien Aquatic Plants Naturalized in Japan: History and Present Status. The species name Laevigatum means smooth. USDA-APHIS, 2013. Although it originates from fresh water habitats, it also grows in slightly saline waters and even outcompetes other species in this environment (Perryman, 2013). Family: Hydrocharitaceae. Like every float, it needs enough nutrients, especially nitrogen, to grow well. Monocots and Gymnosperms of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. spongia and L. spongia var. Amazon Frogbit x4 Aquarium Floating Plants. Species Overview. Ecology: It grows in the stagnant and slowly flowing waters of Central and South America. Description It occurs in rivers, ponds, lakes, canals and other aquatic habitats (Cook and Urmi-König, 1983). The waters are soft, slightly acidic or neutral. laevigatum was described by Hermann Heine in 1968 (Heine, 1968). Aquatic macrophytes in mushroom (, http://www.sercul.org.au/docs/Amazon_Frogbit_lr_pdf, https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysearch.aspx, https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysimple.aspx, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2016) reports that populations of L. laevigatum have naturalized in the states of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Limnobium laevigatum, which is also sold under the name L. spongia or stoloniferum, is a relatively undemanding floating plant. 3-6 Boots that are double-skinned. Version 4. The name originated from Greek word λιμνόβιος, limnóbios — ‘dwelling in a lake’. Berkeley, California, USA: Calflora Database. In Brazil L. laevigatum occurs in a wide range of habitats from the Amazon Rainforest, Caatinga (xerophilous thorny forest and scrub of the drylands of north-eastern Brazil), Central Brazilian Savanna, Atlantic Rainforest, Pampa (grasslands from Southern Brazil) and Pantanal (periodically flooded grasslands by the rivers Paraná and Paraguay in Central-Western Brazil) (Bove, 2016). Adansonia, 8(3):315. Limnobium laevigatum, or Amazon Frogbit, is a floating plant that is reminiscent of a large duckweed (Lemna minor). Limnobium spongia subsp. Global Environmental Research. Male plants with inflorescences composed of 11 flowers that are on flower stems. This plant is very popular as an ornamental plant, and is often found in both ponds and aquariums. It is likely that high organic inputs into water bodies will also reduce oxygen levels in the systems (Akers, 2010). Spongeplant: A new aquatic weed threat in the Delta. > 0°C, dry summers, Cw - Warm temperate climate with dry winter, Warm temperate climate with dry winter (Warm average temp. ©Show ryu, Japan/via wikipedia - CC BY-SA 3.0, Rare at a national level, but abundant in some dams near Harare, also in the Middle Zambezi River and Lake Kariba as well as one site in Northern Zambia, Mexico, Michoacan, Morelos, Tabasco, Federal District, Buenos Aires, Chaco, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Formosa, Salta, Santa Fe, Tucuman, Amazonas, Amapá, Pará, Bahia, Maranhão, Pernambuco, Piauí, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Tropical monsoon climate ( < 60mm precipitation driest month but > (100 - [total annual precipitation(mm}/25])), As - Tropical savanna climate with dry summer, < 60mm precipitation driest month (in summer) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25]), Aw - Tropical wet and dry savanna climate, < 60mm precipitation driest month (in winter) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25]), Cf - Warm temperate climate, wet all year, Warm average temp. Limnobium laevigatum can reproduce and distribute sexually through flower pollination and seed production, and also vegetatively through fragmentation of stolon segments. It has been reported in areas surrounding Redding and Arcata, the Sacramento River delta and the San Joaquin River and ponds and irrigation canals (Calflora, 2016; Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). L. laevigatum was introduced to North American waterways through use in aquariums and aquascapes (Encyclopedia of Life, 2016). Heine (Hydrocharitaceae) becoming prevalent in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Watch out for these red alert weeds! 6 (-9) bars in 2 (3) circles. In addition to this, there have been a limited number of studies on the direct impact that this species has on the environment. & Bonpl. It was first detected in California in 2003 in two small, isolated locations in Redding and Arcata (Anderson and Akers, 2011). The survival time of seeds is not known. Water is the most suitable soft, it is tolerant to pH. 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