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Azolla microphylla

Azolla microphylla Kaulf.

Mexican Mosquitofern

Azollaceae (Azolla Family)

Synonym(s): Azolla mexicana

USDA Symbol: AZMI

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

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.
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

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

Distribution

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

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

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

Metadata

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

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