By John Nelson
Let’s take a look at an aquatic plant. This one is actually a minuscule fern specialized for floating, and it has tiny roots hanging into the water. The branches bear scale-like leaves. As with other ferns, no flowers or seeds are produced; the plants reproduce by spores.
Our plant is a native species, occurring mostly in the coastal plain counties of the Southeast, and it may be found widely in eastern North America. It’s an annual, which means that the plants last only one season.