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An annual aquatic plant introduced from Europe. Shoots are brittle and readily fragment, which facilitates its spread.
Most rooted and free-floating submersed weeds in ponds are readily controlled with triploid grass carp; control may be poorer on the watermilfoils, particularly Eurasian waterfoil.
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Rarely occurs as a monoculture, instead mixing with other species such as hydrilla.
Linear and opposite. Bright green or reddish with rough serrations on margins. Always submersed, and typically stacked with shorter internodes at stem tips.
May be distinguished from coontail by its opposite and unbranched leaves. Brittle naiad has opposite leaves, while those of the pondweeds are alternate.
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