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Plant Form: Aquatic mat-forming herb.
Size: 20-50 cm above water or mud surface.
Stem: Either along mud or submerged anchored to ground. Roots form at nodes along stem.
Leaves: Bright green, spongey, glossy, kidney-shaped, narrow when young, widening to 5 cm with age. On stalk 2-13 cm long.
Flowers: White to purplish-blue with 6 petals, on a spike up to 10 cm long in groups of 2-10. Open in morning and wilt in afternoon.
Fruit and Seeds: Tiny capsules 1 mm long, containing 8-14 seeds.
Habitat: Rivers, wetlands, drains, ditches, fields, irrigation channels.
Distinguishing Features: Distinguished from Water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) by its white non-distinct flowers and anchored rather than free-floating form.