Bladderwort is a submersed, free-floating weed. There are about 200 species in the world, ranging in size from a few inches to several feet long. Tiny bladders are attached to the leaves trap and digest very tiny animals. All bladderwort plants are rootless but have main stems from which lacy, often complex leaves grow. Bladderwort flowers are usually bright yellow (but sometimes lavender, depending on species); the flowers have two "lip-like" petals of about equal size on long stalks that emerge several inches above the water.
Recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, and boating can be impaired, prevented, and even dangerous.
Excessive Aquatic weeds greatly detract from the aesthetic appeal and possible value of the overall property.
Excessive growth can lead to fish stunting, overpopulation and in extreme cases, fish kills.
Aquatic weed overgrowth is ideal for algae growth and leads to increased insect growth for mosquitos.
Too many weeds impede water flow in drainage ditches, irrigation canals, and culverts, causing water to back up.
Bladderwort can be found in most of the contiguous states.
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It is frequently misidentified as Submersed Weeds .
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