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Cabomba caroliniana var. caroliniana

Cabomba caroliniana A. Gray var. caroliniana

Carolina Fanwort, Fanwort

Cabombaceae (Water-shield Family)



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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Achene
Leaf: Has both submerged and floating leaves. Flowers up to about 2 inches above the surface of the water.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CA , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , WA
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Acidic to alkaline ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, ditches, canals and reservoirs. Sold as an aquarium plant.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cabomba caroliniana var. caroliniana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cabomba caroliniana var. caroliniana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cabomba caroliniana var. caroliniana


Record Modified: 2020-02-03
Research By: CBR

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