Salvinia cucullata is a less common floating plant with small nickel sized leaves filled with pouches of air. Large Koi love to eat salvinia and some aquatic turtles also.
Unlike other similar floating plants in a pond, Salvinia does not have long roots that drape into the water column. This small floating fern can grow into thick mats that cover the entire top of the tank and block out light from below. It is great for aquariums and paludariums. It can act as a good shading plant to prevent algae growth.
Family Name: Salviniaceae
Light: Low to High
Propagation: Side shoots
Growth rate: Fast
Salvinia CUCULLATA, Sold as 1/4 lb portion.