The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Myriophyllum spicatum
Myriophyllum spicatum
(Eurasian watermilfoil)

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Myriophyllum spicatum L.

Common name: Eurasian watermilfoil

Synonyms and Other Names: Eurasian water-milfoil

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Identification: Myriophyllum spicatum has thin stems, which can be appear green, brown, or pinkish white. The stems grow to 1-3 meters in length and get progressively thinner the further they grow from the main stem (Aiken et al. 1979). There are typically four feather-like, deeply-dissected leaves whorled around the stems with 12 or more uniform (in diameter) leaflets on each half of the leaf (Patten 1954).

The small, yellow four-parted flowers rise 5-10 cm above the surface of the water from the terminal spike (Aiken et al. 1979; Patten 1954). Male and female flowers can be found on the same inflorescence. The stem thickness below the inflorescence is almost double that of the lower stem, as well as curved to allow the lower stem to run parallel to the water surface (Aiken 1981).

Myriophyllum spicatum can easily be confused with native milfoil species that also may have four deeply-dissected leaves per whorl (e.g., M. heterophyllumM. sibiricum, M. verticillatum). As a general rule, Eurasian watermilfoil typically has more than 14(12-20) leaflet pairs per leaf and reduced bracts on inflorescences, in contrast to native milfoils which have fewer than 14(5-10) leaflet pairs, as in M. sibiricum, and bracts at least twice as long as the flowers, as in M. heterophyllum and M. verticillatum (Aiken 1981; Gerber and Les 1994; Patten 1956). Bud (turion) production distinguishes between the exotic M. spicatum and the native M. sibiricum and M. verticillatum, as the native species produce winter buds, while the exotic does not (Patten 1954).

Size: 1-3 meters in length (Aiken et al. 1979)

Native Range: Europe, Asia, and northern Africa (Patten 1954).

Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences:

Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Myriophyllum spicatum are found here.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
AL196220239Cahaba; Guntersville Lake; Middle Alabama; Middle Tombigbee-Lubbub; Mississippi Coastal; Mobile Bay; Mobile-Tensaw; Pickwick Lake; Wheeler Lake
AZ194520149Havasu-Mohave Lakes; Imperial Reservoir; Lower Colorado; Lower Salt; Middle Little Colorado; San Simon Wash; Upper Gila-Mangas; Upper San Pedro; Upper Verde
AR199620194Boeuf; Dardanelle Reservoir; Lower Arkansas; Ouachita Headwaters
CA1929202240Big Chico Creek-Sacramento River; Butte Creek; Central Coastal; Cottonwood-Tijuana; Coyote; Fresno River; Honcut Headwaters-Lower Feather; Honey-Eagle Lakes; Imperial Reservoir; Lake Tahoe; Lower American; Lower Colorado; Lower Eel; Lower Klamath; Lower Pit; Lower Sacramento; Madeline Plains; Middle Fork Feather; Middle San Joaquin-Lower Chowchilla; Mojave; Russian; Sacramento-Stone Corral; Salinas; Salton Sea; San Diego; San Francisco Bay; San Gabriel; San Joaquin Delta; San Luis Rey-Escondido; Santa Ana; Suisun Bay; Thomes Creek-Sacramento River; Tomales-Drake Bays; Truckee; Tulare Lake Bed; Upper Merced; Upper Pit; Upper Putah; Upper Yuba; Whitewater River
CO1998202211Alamosa-Trinchera; Cache La Poudre; Clear; Fountain; Huerfano; Middle South Platte-Cherry Creek; South Platte Headwaters; St. Vrain; Upper Arkansas; Upper Arkansas-John Martin Reservoir; Upper South Platte
CT198320218Farmington River; Housatonic; Lower Hudson; Outlet Connecticut River; Quinebaug River; Quinnipiac; Saugatuck; Shetucket River
DC194219971Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan
FL1964201723Apalachee Bay-St. Marks; Apalachicola; Crystal-Pithlachascotee; Econfina-Steinhatchee; Escambia; Florida Southeast Coast; Kissimmee; Lower Chattahoochee; Lower Ochlockonee; Lower St. Johns; Lower Suwannee; Oklawaha; Peace; Pensacola Bay; Santa Fe; St. Andrew-St. Joseph Bays; Tampa Bay; Upper St. Johns; Upper Suwannee; Waccasassa; Withlacoochee; Withlacoochee; Yellow
GA196620206Lower Chattahoochee; Lower Flint; Lower Ogeechee; Middle Savannah; Spring; Upper Ocmulgee
ID1998201916Bear Lake; Brownlee Reservoir; Coeur d'Alene Lake; Lower Boise; Lower Clark Fork; Lower Kootenai; Middle Snake-Payette; Middle Snake-Succor; North Fork Payette; Payette; Pend Oreille; Pend Oreille Lake; Priest; St. Joe; Upper Snake-Rock; Upper Spokane
IL1916202230Apple-Plum; Big Muddy; Chicago; Des Plaines; Embarras; Green; Kankakee; Little Calumet-Galien; Little Wabash; Lower Fox; Lower Illinois; Lower Illinois; Lower Illinois-Lake Chautauqua; Lower Ohio; Lower Ohio-Bay; Lower Rock; Lower Sangamon; Lower Wabash; Pecatonica; Rock; Saline; Upper Fox; Upper Illinois; Upper Illinois; Upper Kaskaskia; Upper Mississippi Region; Upper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau; Upper Mississippi-Meramec; Vermilion; Wabash
IN1976202224Chicago; Driftwood; Eel; Eel; Highland-Pigeon; Kankakee; Lake Michigan; Little Calumet-Galien; Lower East Fork White; Lower Ohio-Little Pigeon; Lower White; Middle Wabash-Busseron; Middle Wabash-Deer; Mississinewa; Muscatatuck; Patoka; Silver-Little Kentucky; St. Joseph; St. Joseph; Tippecanoe; Upper Maumee; Upper Wabash; Upper White; Whitewater
IA1993202321Apple-Plum; Blackbird-Soldier; Boone; Coon-Yellow; Copperas-Duck; East Fork Des Moines; Grant-Little Maquoketa; Keg-Weeping Water; Lake Red Rock; Little Sioux; Lower Wapsipinicon; Maquoketa; Middle Cedar; Middle Des Moines; Shell Rock; Upper Cedar; Upper Des Moines; Upper Grand; Upper Iowa; Upper Wapsipinicon; West Fork Cedar
KS1995201513Ladder; Lower Kansas, Kansas; Lower Little Blue; Lower Marais Des Cygnes; Middle Kansas; Middle Neosho; Solomon; Spring; Upper Cimarron-Bluff; Upper Marais Des Cygnes; Upper Neosho; Upper Smoky Hill; Upper South Fork Solomon
KY197720067Kentucky Lake; Lower Levisa; Middle Ohio-Laughery; North Fork Kentucky; Ohio Brush-Whiteoak; Silver-Little Kentucky; Tradewater
LA197920169Atchafalaya; East Central Louisiana Coastal; Eastern Louisiana Coastal; Lake Maurepas; Lake Pontchartrain; Liberty Bayou-Tchefuncta; Lower Mississippi-New Orleans; Vermilion; West Central Louisiana Coastal
ME200420182Lower Kennebec River; Presumpscot
MD1952202211Cacapon-Town; Chester-Sassafras; Gunpowder-Patapsco; Lower Potomac; Lower Susquehanna; Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan; Middle Potomac-Catoctin; North Branch Potomac; Severn; Upper Chesapeake Bay; Youghiogheny
MA1971202211Ashuelot River-Connecticut River; Blackstone River; Charles; Chicopee River; Concord River; Housatonic; Merrimack River; Narragansett; Nashua River; Outlet Connecticut River; Westfield River
MI1961202359Au Gres-Rifle; Au Sable; Betsie-Platte; Black-Presque Isle; Boardman-Charlevoix; Brule; Carp-Pine; Cass; Cedar-Ford; Cheboygan; Clinton; Dead-Kelsey; Detroit; Fishdam-Sturgeon; Flint; Great Lakes Region; Huron; Kalamazoo; Kawkawlin-Pine; Keweenaw Peninsula; Lake Erie; Lake Huron; Lake Michigan; Lake St. Clair; Lake Superior; Lone Lake-Ocqueoc; Lower Grand; Manistee; Manistique River; Maple; Menominee; Michigamme; Millecoquins Lake-Brevoort River; Muskegon; Northeastern Lake Michigan; Northwestern Lake Michigan; Ontonagon; Ottawa-Stony; Pere Marquette-White; Pine; Raisin; Saginaw; Shiawassee; Southeastern Lake Michigan; Southwestern Lake Huron; Southwestern Lake Huron-Lake Huron; St. Clair; St. Joseph; St. Joseph; St. Marys; Sturgeon; Tahquamenon; Thornapple; Thunder Bay; Tiffin; Tittabawassee; Upper Grand; Upper Wisconsin; Western Lake Erie
MN1935202233Beartrap-Nemadji; Big Fork; Buffalo-Whitewater; Cannon; Chippewa; Clearwater-Elk; Coon-Yellow; Crow; Crow Wing; Elk-Nokasippi; Hawk-Yellow Medicine; Kettle; Lake Superior; Le Sueur; Leech Lake; Little Fork; Long Prairie; Lower Minnesota; Lower St. Croix; Middle Minnesota; Mississippi Headwaters; Pine; Platte-Spunk; Prairie-Willow; Rum; Rush-Vermillion; Sandhill-Wilson; Sauk; Snake; South Fork Crow; St. Louis; Twin Cities; Zumbro
MS197920144Pascagoula; Tibbee; Town; Upper Tombigbee
MO1962202213Big; Big Piney; Cahokia-Joachim; Current; Eleven Point; Lake of the Ozarks; Lower Missouri-Moreau; Lower St. Francis; Meramec; North Fork White; Upper Gasconade; Upper St. Francis; Whitewater
MT2007202212Beaver; Big Dry; Big Muddy; Charlie-Little Muddy; Fort Peck Reservoir; Gallatin; Jefferson; Lower Clark Fork; Lower Milk; Redwater; Stillwater; Upper Missouri
NE197720156Lewis and Clark Lake; Lower Platte; Middle Platte-Buffalo; Middle Platte-Prairie; Salt; Upper Elkhorn
NV199520185Lake Tahoe; Middle Carson; Pyramid-Winnemucca Lakes; Truckee; Upper Carson
NH199220156Black River-Connecticut River; Merrimack River; Nashua River; Piscataqua-Salmon Falls; Waits River-Connecticut River; West River-Connecticut River
NJ195220237Cohansey-Maurice; Hackensack-Passaic; Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead; Middle Delaware-Musconetcong; Mullica-Toms; Raritan; Rondout
NM196620236Caballo; Rio Chama; Rio Grande-Santa Fe; Upper Gila; Upper Gila-Mangas; Upper San Juan
NY1880202252Ausable River; Black; Buffalo-Eighteenmile; Cattaraugus; Chateaugay-English; Chaumont-Perch; Chautauqua-Conneaut; Chemung; Chenango; Conewango; East Branch Delaware; French; Hackensack-Passaic; Headwaters St. Lawrence River; Housatonic; Hudson-Hoosic; Hudson-Wappinger; Indian; Irondequoit-Ninemile; Lake Champlain; Lake Erie; Lake Ontario; Lower Genesee; Lower Hudson; Mettawee River; Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead; Middle Hudson; Mohawk; Niagara River; Northern Long Island; Oak Orchard-Twelvemile; Oneida; Oswegatchie; Oswego; Owego-Wappasening; Raquette; Rondout; Sacandaga; Salmon; Salmon-Sandy; Saranac River; Saugatuck; Schoharie; Seneca; Southern Long Island; St. Regis; Tioga; Upper Allegheny; Upper Delaware; Upper Genesee; Upper Hudson; Upper Susquehanna
NC196620224Albemarle; Fishing; Lower Roanoke; Roanoke Rapids
ND199619991Lower Sheyenne
OH1948202234Ashtabula-Chagrin; Auglaize; Black-Rocky; Blanchard; Cedar-Portage; Cuyahoga; Grand; Hocking; Huron-Vermilion; Lake Erie; Licking; Little Miami; Little Muskingum-Middle Island; Little Scioto-Tygarts; Lower Maumee; Lower Scioto; Mahoning; Middle Ohio-Raccoon; Mohican; Muskingum; Ohio Brush-Whiteoak; Raccoon-Symmes; Sandusky; Shenango; St. Joseph; Tuscarawas; Upper Great Miami, Indiana, Ohio; Upper Ohio; Upper Ohio-Shade; Upper Ohio-Wheeling; Upper Scioto; Walhonding; Western Lake Erie; Wills
OK1966202022Bird; Cache; Clear Boggy; Deep Fork; Dirty-Greenleaf; Farmers-Mud; Little; Lower Canadian; Lower Canadian-Walnut; Lower Cimarron; Lower North Canadian; Lower Verdigris; Lower Washita; Middle Washita; Northern Beaver; Polecat-Snake; Robert S. Kerr Reservoir; Upper Beaver; Upper Cimarron; Upper Washita; Washita Headwaters; West Cache
OR1972202228Alsea; Applegate; Coast Fork Willamette; Imnaha; Lake Abert; Little Deschutes; Lost; Lower Columbia; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Columbia-Sandy; Lower Crooked; Lower Deschutes; Lower Owyhee; Lower Rogue; Lower Willamette; Middle Columbia-Hood; Middle Columbia-Lake Wallula; Middle Fork Willamette; North Fork John Day; Siletz-Yaquina; Siuslaw; South Santiam; Sprague; Tualatin; Umatilla; Upper Deschutes; Upper Klamath; Upper Willamette
PA1950202329Chautauqua-Conneaut; Clarion; Conemaugh; Connoquenessing; Crosswicks-Neshaminy; French; Kiskiminetas; Lackawaxen; Lake Erie; Lehigh; Lower Allegheny; Lower Delaware; Lower Monongahela; Lower Susquehanna; Lower Susquehanna-Penns; Lower Susquehanna-Swatara; Middle Allegheny-Redbank; Middle Allegheny-Tionesta; Middle Delaware-Musconetcong; Pine; Raystown; Schuylkill; Shenango; Upper Juniata; Upper Ohio; Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna; Upper Susquehanna-Tunkhannock; Upper West Branch Susquehanna; Youghiogheny
RI201520152Narragansett; Pawcatuck River
SC198719983Middle Savannah; Stevens; Wateree
SD199920152Fort Randall Reservoir; Lower Lake Oahe
TN1955201912Holston; Kentucky Lake; Lower Clinch; Lower Cumberland-Old Hickory Lake; Lower Cumberland-Sycamore; Lower Little Tennessee; Middle Tennessee-Chickamauga; Obey; Upper Clinch, Tennessee, Virginia; Upper Cumberland-Cordell Hull Reservoir; Upper Elk; Watts Bar Lake
TX1962202227Austin-Oyster; Austin-Travis Lakes; Bois D'arc-Island; Buchanan-Lyndon B. Johnson Lakes; Caddo Lake; Cedar; East Matagorda Bay; Elm Fork Trinity; Farmers-Mud; Jim Ned; Lake Fork; Lake Meredith; Lake O'the Pines; Lampasas; Lower Angelina; Lower Colorado-Cummins; Lower Guadalupe; Middle Sabine; Navasota; Pecan Bayou; San Marcos; Sulphur Headwaters; Toledo Bend Reservoir; Upper Neches; Upper North Fork Red; Upper Salt Fork Red; Upper West Fork Trinity
UT199320186East Fork Sevier; Fremont; Little Bear-Logan; Lower Bear-Malad; Lower Weber; Middle Sevier
VT1962201713Ammonoosuc River-Connecticut River; Black River-Connecticut River; Deerfield River; Hudson-Hoosic; Lake Champlain; Lamoille River; Mettawee River; Missiquoi River; Otter Creek; St. Francois River; Waits River-Connecticut River; West River-Connecticut River; Winooski River
VA1881202213Albemarle; Conococheague-Opequon; Great Wicomico-Piankatank; Hampton Roads; Lower Potomac; Lower Rappahannock; Lynnhaven-Poquoson; Middle James-Buffalo; Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan; Middle Potomac-Catoctin; Pokomoke-Western Lower Delmarva; South Fork Shenandoah; Upper Roanoke
WA1965202245Banks Lake; Chief Joseph; Colville; Deschutes; Dungeness-Elwha; Duwamish; Grays Harbor; Lake Chelan; Lake Washington; Lewis; Little Spokane; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Columbia-Sandy; Lower Cowlitz; Lower Crab; Lower Skagit; Lower Snake; Lower Snake-Tucannon; Lower Spokane; Lower Yakima; Methow; Middle Columbia-Hood; Middle Columbia-Lake Wallula; Moses Coulee; Naches; Nisqually; Nooksack; Okanogan; Palouse; Pend Oreille; Pend Oreille Lake; Puget Sound; Puyallup; Queets-Quinault; Similkameen; Skykomish; Snohomish; Strait of Georgia; Upper Chehalis; Upper Columbia-Entiat; Upper Columbia-Priest Rapids; Upper Crab; Upper Spokane; Upper Yakima; Willapa Bay
WV198520202South Branch Potomac; Upper Monongahela
WI1962202247Bad-Montreal; Baraboo; Beartrap-Nemadji; Black; Black-Presque Isle; Brule; Buffalo-Whitewater; Castle Rock; Coon-Yellow; Des Plaines; Door-Kewaunee; Duck-Pensaukee; Flambeau; Grant-Little Maquoketa; Jump; Kickapoo; La Crosse-Pine; Lake Dubay; Lake Michigan; Lake Superior; Lake Winnebago; Lower Chippewa; Lower Fox; Lower St. Croix; Lower Wisconsin; Manitowoc-Sheboygan; Menominee; Middle Rock; Milwaukee; Namekagon; Northwestern Lake Michigan; Oconto; Ontonagon; Pecatonica; Peshtigo; Pike-Root; Red Cedar; South Fork Flambeau; St. Louis; Sugar; Upper Chippewa; Upper Fox; Upper Fox; Upper Rock; Upper St. Croix; Upper Wisconsin; Wolf

Table last updated 7/21/2024

† Populations may not be currently present.

Ecology: Myriophyllum spicatum can be found in depths of 1-10 m in lakes, ponds, shallow reservoirs and low energy areas of rivers and streams, and can grow in a variety of conditions; fresh or brackish water, a wide temperature and a soil pH of 5.4-11 (Aiken et al. 1979). This species has an affinity for alkaline waters (Patten 1956) and grows well in areas that have experienced disturbances such as nutrient loading, intense plant management, or abundant motorboat use (Aiken et al. 1979).

M. spicatum is a perennial that flowers twice a year, typically mid-June and late-July, followed by autofragmentation of the plant after each flowering (Nichols 1975; Patten 1956). Myriophyllum spicatum dies back in the fall, but the root system can survive the winter (Perkins and Sytsma 1987; Titus and Adams 1979). These root crowns begin growing the following spring once water temperatures reach about 60°F (Smith and Barko 1990).

Unlike many aquatic plants, this species does not produce turions (dormant vegetative structures that survive the winter) (Patten 1954). Each plant is able to produce approximately 100 seeds per season, but this species is much more successful at vegetative reproduction via fragments and runners (Patten 1956). After flowering, this species can undergo auto-fragmentation; new roots at nodes along the stem, and then the plant will break of at these nodes (Gustafson and Adams 1973; Nichols 1975). Plant fragments can be transported via wind, waves, or by human activity (Kimbel 1982).

Means of Introduction: Myriophyllum spicatum was probably intentionally introduced to the United States (Couch and Nelson 1985). Long distance dispersal has been linked to the aquarium and aquatic nursery trade (Reed 1977). Spread occurred as the species was planted into lakes and streams across the country, distributed as far as Mountian Lake in San Francisco Bay by 1888 (CalFlora 2012).

Stem fragments are important for the colonization of new habitats while local colony expansion occurs mainly by stolons (Aiken et al. 1979; Madsen et al. 1988). Water currents disseminate vegetative propagules through drainage areas, while motorboat traffic contributes to natural seasonal fragmentation and the distribution of fragments throughout lakes.

Transport on boating equipment plays the largest role in introducing fragments to new waterbodies. Road checks in Minnesota have found aquatic vegetation on 23% of all trailered watercraft inspected (Bratager 1996).

Status: One of the most widely distributed of all nonindigenous aquatic plants; established in 48 U.S. states (absent in Hawaii and Wyoming), and in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Impact of Introduction:
Summary of species impacts derived from literature review. Click on an icon to find out more...

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Now considered a major nuisance species throughout the Northeast, northern Midwest and Pacific Northwest of the United States (Couch and Nelson 1985; Patten 1956; White et al. 1993)

Eurasian water-milfoil competes aggressively to displace and reduce the diversity of native aquatic plants. It elongates from shoots initiated in the fall, beginning spring growth earlier than other aquatic plants. Tolerant of low water temperatures, it quickly grows to the surface, forming dense canopies that overtop and shade the surrounding vegetation (Madsen et al. 1991). Canopy formation and light reduction, are significant factors in the decline of native plant abundance and diversity observed when Eurasian water-milfoil invades healthy plant communities (Smith and Barko 1990; Madsen 1994).

Although in small tank experiments the native northern watermilfoil (Myriophyllum sibiricum Kom.) appears competitively superior, in the field, however, M. spicatum has replaced M. sibiricum over much of the temperate range of this species in North America (Valley and Newman, 1998). Both eelgrass (Vallisneria americana) and southern naiad (Najas guadalupensis) are known to have been displaced by this nonindigenous species in the Mobile Delta of Alabama (Bates and Smith 1994). Its establishment in Lake George, New York, reduced native plants from 5.5 to 2.2 species per square meter, in just two years (Madsen et al 1991). Its presence in the Rio Grande has caused concern for regional irrigation systems (NMAISAC 2008). In the tidal Delaware River, M. spicatum can tolerate conditions where salt intrusion and industrial pollution are eliminating native submersed plants (Schuyler et al. 1993).

Eurasian water-milfoil has less value as a food source for waterfowl than the native plants it replaces (Aiken et al. 1979). And although fish may initially experience a favorable edge effect, the characteristics of Eurasian water-milfoil's overabundant growth negate any short-term benefits it may provide fish in healthy waters. At high densities, its foliage supports a lower abundance and diversity of invertebrates, organisms that serve as fish food (Keast 1984). Dense cover allows high survival rates of young fish, however, larger predator fish lose foraging space and and are less efficient at obtaining their prey (Lillie and Budd 1992; Engel 1995). Madsen et al. (1995) found growth and vigor of a warm-water fishery reduced by dense Eurasian water-milfoil cover.

The growth and senescence of thick vegetation degrades water quality and depletes dissolved oxygen levels (Honnell 1992; Engel 1995). Typical dense beds restrict swimming, fishing and boating, clog water intakes and result in decaying mats that foul lakeside beaches.

Millions of dollars have been spent nationwide for control efforts (U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, 1993). In New York state alone, annual costs are estimated at $500,000.

Remarks: High phenotypic plasticity within the genus Myriophyllum, especially among M. sibiricum and M. spicatum, has been documented under various habitat conditions (Gerber and Less 1994), making identification difficult without flowers or turions.

Hybridization was documented between M. spicatum and M. sibiricum [Myriophyllum spicatum X sibiricum] in Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Washington (Moody and Les 2002; Moody and Les 2007). The hybrid must be determined by molecular analysis, as morphology is indistinguishable from both parent species.

The occurrence of sixteen species including Potamogeton illinoensis and Potamogeton pectinatus may be indicaters of conditions suitable for Eurasian water-milfoil invasion. Searching areas colonized by these species may provide early detection, the best method for preventing new invasion (Nichols and Buchan 1997).

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