Myriophyllum (weeds)

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Myriophyllum spicatum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Johann Georg Sturm (Painter: Jacob Sturm)
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Myriophyllum (weeds) L. - (water milfoils)

The genus Myriophyllum is widely distributed and belongs to the water milfoil family (Haloragaceae). It contains around 30 species of aquatic plants. Several of them are invasive weeds like Myriophyllum spicatum or M. aquaticum.

The plants are either completely or partly submerged, growing in water up to 2 m deep. They have long, flexible stems with numerous pinnate leaves arranged in whorls. Fragments of the stem can regrow to whole plants.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: