What is Indian Swampweed?
- Brown- olive green leaves with yellow pattern
- Burgundy color underneath
- Compound leaf with opposite leaflets
- Can be emerged or submersed
- Upright and creeping stems
- Brown in color
- Tough texture
Where Does it Grow?
Indian swampweed is native in India and is uncommon in the United States. It can be found growing in small streams in the western coastal area on the foot of the Western Ghats (Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu) and north-Indian state Uttar Pradesh. Introduced populations from the aquarium trade have been discovered in Texas.
Pros and Cons of Indian Swampweed
This plant is not native to North America, but has naturalized in much of the United States. While it is not illegal to possess this plant in Texas, it should not be introduced into new water bodies and should be treated with herbicide when present.