Salvinia auriculata agg.

Salvinia auriculata species group

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Water surface
Difficulty: easy
Growth: very fast
See also: Salvinia auriculata , Salvinia biloba , Salvinia molesta , Salvinia natans
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Range and localities: 

Tropical America

Availability [?]: 
  • frequently available commercially

Common names: 
  • Salvinia auriculata species group

  • Salvinia auriculata complex
  • Salvinia auriculata sensu lato

Misapplied names: 
  • Salvinia natans

Habit, plant type:

  • free-floating (surface)
  • fern
Major group (unranked): Ferns (Monilophytes)
Order: Salviniales
Family: Salviniaceae
Genus: Salvinia


The floating ferns of the Salvinia auriculata species group originate from tropical America but are also introduced in other parts of the world. This species group (agg. = "aggregate") includes the species S. auriculata, S. biloba, S. herzogii and S. molesta.

Floating fern sold under the name "Salvinia natans" normally belongs to the Salvinia auriculata group and is not Salvinia natans, an annual species of Europe, North Africa and Asia.

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