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Perennial, submersed. Widely used as an aquarium plant and valued as habitat for fish, waterfowl, and invertebrates. Reproduces by seed, stolons, and rhizomes. Fibrous roots present.
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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Can tolerate a variety of soil types and fresh to brackish water. Tends to grow in dense, mono-specific stands.
Long, thin, and ribbonlike. Grows to 4 ft in length. Each leaf is 1/2 to 1 in. wide. When held to the light, the parallel venation is easily seen. Although rooted, leaves float in a vertical and horizontal position just beneath the surface of the water.
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