Species: 

Eichhornia crassipes 

Common Name: 

common water hyacinth

Systems Affected (standardized): 

riparian/aquatic

Regions(s) present (updated by AB): 

SE

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Impacts: 

It can quickly form dense floating mats of vegetation (populations can double in size in two weeks!). These dense mats restrict light to the underwater environment, reduce the light availability for submersed plants and aquatic invertebrates, and deplete the oxygen levels. Impact outcomes
Damaged ecosystem services
Ecosystem change/ habitat alteration
Negatively impacts agriculture
Negatively impacts tourism
Reduced amenity values
Reduced native biodiversity
Impact mechanisms
Competition - monopolizing resources

Source? likely to be reintroduced: 

The high ornamental value of the plant still makes it liable to intentional introductions, especially as the species is up for sale on the internet.

Info Blurb: 

Can quickly form dense floating mats of vegetation which deplete oxygen levels and restrict light for submersed plants and aquatic invertebrates. Intentionally introduced as an ornamental.

Native Regions in OK: 

NONE

Current and past designations: 

OWL

Present in OK?

Present in Bordering States?

TX, NM, CO, KS, MO, LA, AR

Has Legal Status in BS?

TX NP