Common Water Hyacinth-Eichhornia crassipes

The Common Water Hyacinth (Scientific name: Eichhornia crassipes), is a floating aquatic plant in the family Pontederiaceae, that invade aquatic areas. It can grow up to 3 ft. tall.. The elliptical shaped, thick leaves grow up to 15 cm wide. Leaves curve inward at the edges. The leafstalks are waxy with spongy petioles, which keep the plant floating in the water. It has beautiful purple flowers, that grow on upright spikes. Each flower has six petals with the uppermost having a blue and yellow patch. It is used as an ornamental plant in pools and aquariums.
It invades lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes, and other types of wetland habitats. Water hyacinth mate clog waterway, making boating, fishing and other water activities impossible. It also restrict sunlight and deplete the oxygen level in the water, which are necessary for underwater life.

Water Hyacinth
Water Hyacinth
Water Hyacinth
Water Hyacinth
Water Hyacinth
Water Hyacinth

5 comments:

farahshah said...

It's really beautiful but If u upload more images then it will be Auwsome.....

Ani said...

This invasive hyacinth looks beautiful, but they suffocate lakes too soon. Great pictures!

wolfies said...

the beauty of nature :) but i might suggest to increase the levels of the picture. like exposure and brightness. other than that, you're good :)

EG Wow said...

So THAT'S what a water hyacinth looks like! Great photos.

Kala said...

What a gorgeous blossom. Thanks for sharing these images.