Appearance: Submersed aquatic plant. Perennial. Can be rooted or free floating.
Leaves: Bushy appearance. Leaves in whorls of 4 to 6. Leaf edges have very small serrations that require a magnifying glass to see.
Flowers: White flowers with 3 petals are on short stalks and are visible above water. Flowers are 0.7 to 1 inch wide.
Reproduction: Spreads by plant fragments. No female plants have been reported in the United States. Since all plants are male, no seeds are produced in the US.
Note on identification: Brazilian elodea can be easily confused with native Canada waterweed.
See the reporting invasive aquatic plants webpage if you are unsure of identification or wish to report a new location of Brazilian elodea.