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Salvinia (463) Print Fact Sheet

Relates to: Weeds


Common Name

Salvinia. CABI prefers the name kariba weed.

Scientific Name

Salvinia molesta. It was previously confused with Salvinia auriculata. It is one of four closely related species; the other species being Salvia herzogii and Salvina biloba. As identification is complicated, because of the similarity of the species, it should be done by specialists. It is a member of the Salviniaceae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Aradhana Deesh
Adapted from Salvinia (Salvina  molesta) (2018) Weeds of SE Qld and Northern NSW. Lucidcentral. (; and additional information from CABI (2019) Salvinia molesta (kariba weed). Invasive Species Compendium. (; and Waterhouse DF, Norris KR (1987) Biological Control Pacific Prospects. Inkata Press, Melbourne; and Weeds of national significance (2006) Management and control options for salvinia (Salvinia molesta) in Australia. NSW Department of Primary Industries. Published by The State of New South Wales.(; and from Ensbey R (2010) Salvinia. Primefact. Department of Primary Industries, NSW Government. ( Photo 1 Scott Robinson, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Photo 2 Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Photo 3 Troy Evans, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Photo 4 Barry Rice,, Photo 5 Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service,

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland, in association with the Pacific Community and Koronivia Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.

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