Invasive Water Chestnuts

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Invasive Water Chestnuts

VocabularyInvasive: characterized by or involving invasion; offensiveAquatic: of or relating to water.Contracted: drawn together; reduced in compass or sizeReproduction: the action or process of making a copy of something.Native: of indigenous origin or growth.

This aquatic plant has clusters of leaves that lay on the waters surface. Photosynthesis occurs in the leaves when chlorophyll captures the Sun's energy and uses it to make sugars out of carbon dioxide from the air and water. The sugars fuel the plant's roots, stems, and leaves so the plant can grow.

Water Chestnuts (Trapa Natans) reproduce nearly as fast as contracted crews can remove it.

Invasive Water Chestnuts (Trapa Natans)

The Water Chestnut seed is well equiped with a hard shell and four sharp spines. One plant can have as many as twenty seeds, making reproduction an easier and faster process.

Water chestnuts are native to Asia, Africa and Europe. Introduced to North America near Concord, Massachusetts in 1859, water chestnut became established in locations throughout the northeast and by the early 20th century was moving southward.


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