Giant Salvinia

Other Common Names: eared Salvinia, Kariba weed, African pyle, aquarium watermoss, koi kandy

(Salvinia molesta, Salvinia auriculata Aublet)


Giant Salvinia is a small floating fern with two small, simple lobes as leaves. Some leaves modify to act as roots that branch horizontally.


Giant Salvinia leaves consist of two small, simple lobes and exist in whorls opposite each other. Some leaves modify and act as roots, which branch horizontally. Giant Salvinia is a small fern that does not flower.


Giant Salvinia can be found in California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.