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Plant Form: Free-floating aquatic herb.
Size: Up to 1 m tall.
Stem: Horizontal stems which root at nodes. Also spongy, often inflated, buoyant leaf stalks.
Leaves: Flat, thick, oval to rounded-oblong shape with a tip that is abrupt or blunt, sometimes with a slight indent. Glossy green and up to 25 cm long.
Flowers: Showy, 3-7 cm across with 6 petals fused at base. Blue to purplish, with a yellow centre.
Fruit and Seeds: 3-chambered capsules up to 15 mm long containing up to 300 ribbed seeds.
Habitat: Rivers, swamps, lagoons, dams, reservoirs.
Distinguishing Features: Distinguished from Anchored water hyacinth (Eichhornia azurea) in having swollen leaf stalks and smooth leaf edges.