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Salvinia auriculata Aubl.
eared watermoss

General Information
Symbol: SAAU
Group: Fern
Family: Salviniaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: PR   I
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 38. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
SANA4 Salvinia natans auct. non (L.) All.
SARO9 Salvinia rotundifolia Willd.


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Order Hydropteridales
Family Salviniaceae – Floating Fern family
Genus Salvinia Ség. – watermoss
Species Salvinia auriculata Aubl. – eared watermoss

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

Noxious Weed Information
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete noxious weed list for that location, or click here for a composite list of all Federal and State Noxious Weeds.
United States:
giant salvinia
Noxious weed
giant salvinia
Class A noxious weed
Q list (temporary "A" list noxious weed, pending final determination )
giant salvinia
Prohibited aquatic plant, Class 1 1
giant salvinia
North Carolina
water fern
Class A noxious weed 2
giant salvinia
South Carolina
giant salvinia
Invasive aquatic plant
giant salvinia
Plant pest
Noxious plant
giant salvinia
Class A noxious weed
1excluding S. minima
2all except S. minima
U.S. Weed Information
Salvinia auriculata
eared watermoss
This plant and the related entity italicized and indented above can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
US USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). 2012. Federal noxious weed list (1 February 2012). USDA, APHIS, PPQ. Washington, DC.
STATE Assorted authors. State noxious weed lists for 46 states. State agriculture or natural resource departments.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Caribbean OBL



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