Eichhornia crassipes | Common water hyacinth

Eichhornia crassipes

Common Name :Common water hyacinth Botanical name :Eichhornia crassipes Family : Pontederiaceae

Eichhornia crassipes

A beautiful floating aquatic herb, roots profuse at the nodes. Leaves arranged in rosette, spathulate, petiole swollen. Flowers lavender violet in spikes. Fruit obovoid capsule. A troublesome weed, introduced from America, common in all still and moving waters

Kingdom - Plantae

Order - Commelinales

Genus - Eichhornia

Species - crassipes

Category - Free-floating aquatic plant, Herb

Origin / Native - South America, Amazon rainforest

Growth Rate - Fast

Height - Up to 1 feet tall

Spread - Up to 1.2 feet wide

Life Cycle/Type - Perennial

Flowering Season - May, June, July, August, Sept

Foliage & Plant - Green, thick, glossy, ovate, 7.8 inches wide leaves connected with bulbous stalks

Flowers - Medium, showy, Lavender pink color, 6 petals, upper petal is blue, yellow & purple mixed, 8 to 15 flowers connected with single spikes

Roots - Black, submerged in under water

Uses - Medicinal, cuisine, ornamental

Synonym - Eichhornia speciosa

Light Requirement & Care for growth - Full Sun, full moisture, high maintenance

Hazards - Seeds are poisonous

Attracts - Bees

Good For - Water garden, Ponds

Tamil - Aagaya thamarai

Hindi - Jal kumbhi

Common water hyacinth
Common water hyacinth

Common water hyacinth plants
Common water hyacinth plants

Common water hyacinth flower petals
Common water hyacinth flower petals

Eichhornia
Eichhornia

Eichhornia crassipes flower bud
Eichhornia crassipes flower bud

Eichhornia crassipes flower buds closeup view
Eichhornia crassipes flower buds closeup view

Eichhornia crassipes flowers-Close up view
Eichhornia crassipes flowers-Close up view

Eichhornia crassipes foliage & petiole
Eichhornia crassipes foliage & petiole

Eichhornia crassipes lamina, seed capsules
Eichhornia crassipes lamina, seed capsules

Eichhornia crassipes petiole
Eichhornia crassipes petiole

Eichhornia crassipes solms
Eichhornia crassipes solms

Eichhornia speciosa flower spike
Eichhornia speciosa flower spike

Floating eichhornia crassipes
Floating eichhornia crassipes

Piaropus crassipes
Piaropus crassipes

Pond covered with eichhornia crassipes
Pond covered with eichhornia crassipes

Water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes
Water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes

Water hyacinth flower
Water hyacinth flower

Water hyacinth petiole, leaves
Water hyacinth petiole, leaves

Photographs: Guna Selvi Camera: Nikon D40x Location : Cauvery river, Srirangam, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, South India


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