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What is Combleaf Mermaidweed?
- Greenish-white in color
- Found in spring and early summer
- 3 angled
- Small nut
- White or green in color
- Upper part upright
Where Does it Grow?
Combleaf mermaidweed can be found in water, but also grows well out of water.
Pros and Cons of Combleaf Mermaidweed
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.