Salvinia molesta D. S. Mitch., Brit. Fern Gaz. 10: 251 (1972) (syn: Salvinia adnata Desv.);
S. & SE. Brazil to Argentina: Argentina Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast; Introduced into: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Austria, Azores, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Borneo, Botswana, Burkina, California, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Comoros, Connecticut, Corse, Cuba, Denmark, Fiji, Florida, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hawaii, Hungary, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Kansas, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Lesotho, Louisiana, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Maryland, Mauritania, Mexico Northwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Mexico, New South Wales, Nigeria, North Carolina, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Pennsylvania, Philippines, Portugal, Queensland, Senegal, South Australia, South Carolina, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Texas, Thailand, Trinidad-Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Vanuatu, Victoria, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Zambia, Zimbabwe as per POWO;
Giant Salvinia, Kariba weed, African pyle, Aquarium watermoss;

salvinia from KU Kurukshetra University – efloraofindia | Google Groups: 1 image.
Salvinia from KU Kurukshetra University
for sp id pls

Yes … Salvinia cucullata

I go with … this plant is indeed Salvinia cucullata Roxb. ex Bory.

I like to identify this as Salvinia molesta.

I think you are right, it is S. molesta. The same plant also grows in Delhi, which has been reported as S. cucullata. Thanks for adding one more species to my knowledge.
S. cucullata: Uppermost (floating) leaves entire at apex, to 1.2 cm long, broader than long with margins curving upwards and inwards; upper leaf surfaces with papillae in irregularly curved rows, the tips not joined.  Sporocarps form on the submerged, rootlike lower leaves. 

This species is similar to S. molesta. The characters of S. molesta are leaves longer than broad with deeply indented leaf apices; the papillae hairs are joined at their tips to form a cage-like structure


id for floating hydrophyte – indiantreepix | Google Groups:
Snapped this in a small pool of water in MNP, Mumbai..
Can i Get help with the id of this plant.

This is an exotic, Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta), pls check this link for further info,

Aquatic Plant for ID : Mumbai : 110612 : AK-1:
Saw this Aquatic plant at the Flower Show in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai on 23/2/12 at one of the plant sales counter.

Any idea what it is?
Different from Water Lettuce which I am familiar with.
Kindly id.

A species of Salvinia of Salviniaceae family.

I think this appears close to images at Salvinia molesta D. S. Mitch.

Yes, that’s correct, S. molesta.


Id plzz:
id this aquatic plant
found near Kolhapur MH, on 15th Nov 2012

I hope Salvinia cucculata

Isn’t it Salvinia molesta? What is the difference between S. molesta and S. occulata ?

I think this appears close to images at Salvinia molesta D. S. Mitch.

Yes, its S. molesta,



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