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The smallest flowering plant in the world. It appears as rootless, small green dots and may feel like grits when rubbed between fingers. Can completely cover shallow, slow-moving waterways.
Small fish at very high stocking rates (see filamentous algae above) may give control; larger fish at normal stocking rates usually are not effective.
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Often found growing with duckweed in slow-moving water. It overwinters on the bottom of water bodies.
Similar in shape and color to the duckweeds (Spirodela and Wolffia), however, watermeal does not have any discernable roots.
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