ex Steud. About Us; Contact Us; Navigation It is native to Central and South America, though in recent years it has reported in North America as an invasive species. & Bonpl. 1-5 cm tall and leaves from 5-15 cm wide. It outperforms native plant species, starving them of the resources they need to survive. Limnobium Laevigatum. [although Limnobium spongia (Bosc) Rich. Observation Search (2 records) Plant Characteristics. It is now found throughout much of California, and continues to spread via releases and escapes from the aquarium trade. Have some growing in my lowtech aquascape. ex Willd.) It is also good in traditional aquariums, because the fine, long and decorative roots provide protection to gouramies and other surface fish that like the roots of floating plants. & Bonpl. ex Steud. Limnobium laevigatum from South America is a decorative floating plant that is particularly suitable for open aquariums. ex Willd.) USDA-APHIS Weed Risk Assessment for Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. Amazon frogbit (Limnobium laeviatum) is an easy to care for, floating aquarium plant. Water hyacinth, South American spongeplant, and Uruguay water primrose can … Source. Family: Hydrocharitaceae . & Bonpl. ex Steud. Habitat [Jepson Manual 2012]) Smooth frogbit or South American spongeplant . Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. Algae Grower . Range: Only found in California to date. i see my cherries chilling on the roots and under the leaves. Common Name: South American Spongeplant. Heine (= L. spongia (Bosc) Rich. Limnobium laevigatum, a monocot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California. Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), South American spongeplant (Limnobium laevigatum) and Uruguay water primrose (Ludwigia hexapetala) are floating, aquatic invasive plants that are not native to California.They grow in wetlands, marshes, shallow water bodies, slow moving waterways, lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. Correspondence 2 indicates that material on which occurrences in California of Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. Plant Distribution. Impact Score – A; ... Because California has a Mediterranean climate, it does quite well in the state and covers over 40,000 hectares! Invasive Species List and Scorecards for California. Correspondence 3 is not indicated for California in Flora North America]. Elizabeth Brusati, Science Program Manager Cal-IPC 1442-A Walnut St. #462, Berkeley, CA 94709 510-843-3902 edbrusati@cal-ipc.org really love this plants and the shrimp like it too. Heine (Hydrocharitaceae) – South American spongeplant (2013) (PDF) See flyer from the California Department of Food and Agriculture: A New Invader–South American spongeplant: worse than water hyacinth? Limnobium laevigatum is considered as invasive in waterways in California by California Food and Agriculture and the California Invasive Plant Council Rexthecrayfish. 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