This fast-growing non-native submerged plant aggressively outcompetes aquatic plants native to Alabama and can overtake a lake, making it unusable for recreation. Hydrilla poses many dangers:
- Reduces dissolved oxygen required by aquatic organisms.
- Protects mosquito larvae from natural predators.
Water hyacinth and water lettuce
These are non-native floating plants with extremely high growth and reproductive rates. They form mats that reduce water quality, make navigation more difficult and increase mosquito reproduction.
An alga common in the South, lyngbya forms foul-smelling mats that can produce a toxin causing fish kills and skin irritations.
This fast-growing non-native submerged plant can quickly overtake a lake and outcompete native vegetation.
This non-native emergent plant grows in dense mats ideal for mosquito production. It has a white flower and leaves that grow on opposite sides of the stem.
This native emergent plant can cause mosquito and access issues. It has a yellow flower and leaves that grow on alternate sides of the stem.
This native emergent plant provides excellent habitat for aquatic organisms. It has a violet flower and leaves that grow on opposite sides of the stem. Although this is a highly desirable plant, it will be considered for control if it meets the above criteria.
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