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Fanwort, Cabomba



Cabomba caroliniana

This plant is a delicate herb, with it’s roots in mud. The stems are slender and branched. Fanwort is a multi-branched submerged perennial plant except for a few small (1/2 – 1 1/4 inches long) alternately arranged elongated floating leaves. The submerged leaves are opposite or whorled, attached by a single petiole, but above the petiole form a finely divided “fan-shaped” leaf. Fanwort has a single small (1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter) white to pink flower which arises from the tip of the stem and stands slightly above the waters surface.

Fanwort has little known direct food value to wildlife.

Purple fanwort

Cabomba pulcherrima