Ovate Floating Leaves                                  Hair-like Structures on tops of leaves            Root-like Structures
 Free floating aquatic fern, made up of pairs of oval leaves, green to brown leaves up to 1 ½ long, that are connected by a horizontal stem.  The top of each leaf has many tiny hair-like structures, that split then rejoin at the tips to form an egg beater-like structure.  Beneath the water at each node is a dissected leaf which looks like and  functions as a root.  Infertile, hairy,sporocarps about 1 mm in diameter hang below the roots in long straight chains.
Return to Salvinia molesta page