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Azolla mexicana

Azolla mexicana Schltdl. & Cham. ex C. Presl

Mexican mosquitofern

Azollaceae (Mosquito Fern Family)



USDA Native Status:

Listed as a threatened species. This is a floating plant that is found in oxbow lakes or in still water.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Fern
Size Notes: Mats to 4 cm thick.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


USA: AR , AZ , CA , CO , IA , IL , KS , MN , MO , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , TX , UT , WA , WI
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Fresh Water Aquatic

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Aquatic: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Azolla mexicana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Azolla mexicana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Azolla mexicana


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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