Growth Habit: Submerged leaves and stems with thin gelatinous coating. Stems can grow to ten metres. Leaves are feathery and fan-shaped.
Type of Plant: Cabomba is a fully submerged aquatic plant and is a perennial herb.
Flowers: Flowers in summer above the surface. C. caroliniana and C. palaeformis have white flowers; C. aquatica are yellow and C. furcata are purple.
Dispersal: Reproduces from dislodged stem pieces. Regeneration by seed has not been observed in Australia.
Distribution: Found in Queensland waterways.
Status: Cabomba is a Weed of National Significance.
- Outcompetes freshwater plants which in turn effects birds, fish and reptiles
- Impede access (recreation)
- Serious threat to Australian biodiversity in waterways
- Wetland habitats can be destroyed by heavy Cabomba infestations as it blocks out the sun and it increases the aging of lakes by increasing siltation
- Imparts colour and taint effecting water quality which increases the cost of treatment
Information referenced from “Queensland Government, Department of Natural Resources Pest Fact No PP30.”