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Old May 9, 2009, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default Flower What?

Found this flower in Loxahatchee yesterday. Searched on line and could not locate another like it. I sent email to the Florida Wildflower Foundation, who were asking for photos of what you see blooming. Got a reply from Lisa Roberts (foundation Executive director) saying she was stumped and will send it on to the experts and let me know.

I thought I would give the real experts a shot at ID.

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Old May 9, 2009, 12:35 PM   #2
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Nothing Special, it is Water-Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).

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Old May 9, 2009, 1:32 PM   #3
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Ed,

That's a beautiful picture of "nothing Special".

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Nothing Special, it is Water-Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).

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Well that's a fine howdoyoudo! I just spent the last 5 hours looking at flowers on the internet trying to figure out what it was.
well, now we all know. it is quite pretty.
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Old May 9, 2009, 6:37 PM   #5
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That's a beautiful picture of "nothing Special".

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Quite agreed , quite beautiful.
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Old May 9, 2009, 7:58 PM   #6
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Very nice indeed. Very pretty flower
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Old May 9, 2009, 9:19 PM   #7
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I like that nothing special. Mighty nice shot of it.

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Old May 9, 2009, 10:40 PM   #8
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Pretty? Yes. But therein lies the rub. People imported these exotic floating Water Hyacinths for their back-yard lily ponds - until they crowded out the lilies. Then they threw them into the lakes and canals, which quickly became overgrown and so clogged that there was no open water left where they were, so they tried to control them. Tried herbicides, which were impractical. Tried special barges to scoop them up, which was too expensive. They even talked about herding Manatees through the canals in the Everglades, hoping they would eat them! Obviously, nothing came of that - maybe because the hyacinths grew faster than the Manatees would be able to eat them, or maybe because Manatees prefer the native Water Lettuce which was being crowded out by the Hyacinths; that was before the Endangered Species Act, but fortunately it was an impractical idea, so the Manatees were left alone. Boats couldn't move through the canals because the Hyacinths were too thick, and the roots fouled the propeller shafts - the only way was not through, but over - by airboat, spawning a new industry. This was all years ago - I don't know what their status is now, but I can imagine. With barn-door hindsight it is now illegal to import them (as if anyone would want to when all they have to do is go out and gather them for free). Hooray! Beautiful, yes, but . . . .
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A beautiful flower (and according to penolta - a beautiful pest).

Haven't seen them before, maybe that I must count myself lucky
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Looks like a beautiful flower. But,sure sounds like a pain.

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