Cabomba caroliniana A. Gray - Carolina Fanwort

Cabomba caroliniana plant

Family - Cabombaceae

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Cabomba caroliniana leaves

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Cabomba caroliniana flower

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Swamps, sloughs, ponds.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This attractive aquatic species can be found in just a few eastern Missouri counties. The plant can be identified by its finely divided, opposite submerged leaves (the emergent leaves are subulate and alternate) and its small white flowers. The sepals and petals of the flower are similar and have small, curled auricles at their bases. The flowers typically have 6 stamens but occasionally have only 3.
C. caroliniana provides good cover for fish and pond-life and is commonly grown as an ornamental for aquarium use.

Photographs taken at Eufala National Wildlife Refuge, AL., 7-23-05 and 6-4-06.