Parrot’s Feather

Parrot’s Feather has feathered leaves that come above the water’s surface and can look like they are made of plastic.

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Starry Stonewort

This type of algae resembles a submerged plant and can be identified by the little white stars amongst the gelatin-green branches.

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Eurasian Watermilfoil

Eurasian Watermilfoil has feather-like leaves with 14-20 pairs of leaflets whorled around the hollow stem along the entire length of the plant.

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Chara Algae

Chara algae close up on top of water

Chara appears like a submerged plant, but it is not truly rooted. Chara is branched with whorls of leaf-like structures.

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Illinois Pondweed

Illinois Pondweed

Illinois Pondweed has lance–shaped submerged leaves eight inches long that come to a point at the end.

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Hydrilla

Hydrilla

Hydrilla is a rooted submerged plant with whorled green leaves that have tiny teeth.

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Elodea

Elodea

Elodea is a submerged plant that has three leaves per whorl and no midrib teeth.

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Egeria

Egeria

Egeria is a submerged plant with three to six leaves per whorl and no midrib teeth.

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Fanwort

Fanwort (Cabomba)

Fanwort is a delicate, feathery-looking submerged weed.

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Coontail

Coontail

Coontail has finely-divided leaves arranged in whorls of five to 12 and is bushier towards the top. It has a hollow stem and lacks true roots.

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Northern Watermilfoil

Watermilfoil

Northern Watermilfoil has feather-like leaves with five to 12 pairs of leaflets whorled around the hollow stem along the entire length of the plant.

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