Carolina fanwort USDA PLANTS Symbol: CACA
U.S. Nativity: Native
Habit: Aquatic Forbs/Herbs
Cabomba caroliniana A. Gray

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Nymphaeales: Cabombaceae

Fanwort is an aquatic plant that is native to the southeastern United States, but it is considered to be a non-native invasive in the rest of the United States. It can grow in water 3-10 ft. (0.9-3m) deep. Leaves are submerged, fan-shaped, deeply dissected and about 2 in. (5 cm) wide. Fanwort can spread by fragmentation and in the late summer stems become brittle and break apart, thus facilitating spread.

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Plant(s); plant pulled from water
Troy Evans, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; sprout; leaf
Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Graves Lovell, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 76.
USDA PLANTS Database, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
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State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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Invasive Listing Sources:
Native Plant Society of Oregon, 2008