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A rootless, submerged perennial with one main (highly-branched) stem. Attaches to sediment by rhizoids.
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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May be found in dense colonies. Prefers shallow, clear water; however, it is very adaptable and can also be found in fast-moving water.
Stiff, whorled, and divided into narrow segments. The leaves are more crowded at the tips of the plant (making the tips darker), which gives it the appearance of a raccoon's tail.
Chara may appear similar, but typically has a musty odor not present with coontail. Also, when the stem of chara is broken, it collapses, but when the stem of coontail is broken, it remains rigid.
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