EPPO Global Database

Salvinia molesta(SAVMO)

Last modification: 2003-02-26

Basic information
  • EPPO code: SAVMO
  • Preferred name: Salvinia molesta
  • Authority: Mitchell


Thought to have appeared in Brazil,  S. molesta is probably of hybrid origin, and reproduces only asexually. The name applies to a multiplicity of different clones. Grown as an aquarium plant, and now widely naturalized and invasive throughout the world.

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Other scientific names
Name Authority
Salvinia adnata Desvaux
Salvinia auriculata auctorum
Salvinia radula Baker
Salvinia rotundifolia Willdenow

Common names
Name Language
African payal English
giant salvinia English
kariba weed English (US)
Kariba weed English
water fern English
salvinia géante French
grote vlotvaren Dutch
murure-carrapatinho Portuguese
сальвиния вредная Russian
öronsimbräken Swedish