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Variable Leaf Watermilfoil
Perennial herbs, typically submersed, with four-lobed schizocarp fruit that splits into one-seeded nutlets. Submersed leaves are pinnately dissected. A native perennial that is widespread throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada.
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Piedmont, sandhills, and coastal plain.
Green to reddish in color and whorled. Capillary divisions 12 to 28 on submersed leaves. Emergent leaves have fine serrations and are more pronounced than similar milfoils.
Reddish, robust, and thickened.
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