Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Myriophyllum aquaticum (Vellozo) Verdcourt
(Parrot's Feather)

Family: Haloragaceae

Status: Exotic

Enydria aquatica Vellozo
Myriophyllum brasiliense Cambessedes

Myriophyllum aquaticum is found at middle elevations in standing water. Like Myriophyllum spicatum, it has linear, highly dissected leaves that appear in whorls around the nodes and look like feathers. Myriophyllum aquaticum differs in that the stems are not entirely underwater. Several whorls of feather leaves stand above the water on each stem. Many thanks to Amy Weiss for helping identify this plant.
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Myriophyllum aquaticum, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Mangas Springs, July 1, 2009

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