Eichhornia crassipes, Water hyacinth
Water Hyacinth is an aquatic plant and is often considered a highly problematic invasive species. Flooding in parts of Mindanao has been attributed to the piling up of huge volumes of water hyacinths at a portion of the Rio Grande de Mindanao, blocking the flow of the river. Water hyacinth threatens the survival of other aquatic species because it blocks the sunlight's penetration into the water. They clog water-ways, making boating, fishing and almost all other water activities impossible.
But innovators have discovered the economic possibilities of this free-floating perennial. Small-scale cottage industries are utilizing water hyacinth in paper-making, the fiber from the stem can be made into rope, dried stalks are also woven into baskets, placemats, area rugs, furniture, even shoes and handbags. It can be used to aid the process of water purification because the roots naturally absorb pollutants; can also be used as an animal fodder and feed for fish, and it is ideal for composting. The stalks, according to DOST's Textile Research Institute, are a viable natural source of alternative textile material. I have seen cushions and home textiles made from water hyacinth fiber. It is also an excellent source of biomass.
It looks like this serious pest turns out to be a profitable crop after all.
My contribution to Macro Flowers Saturday and Today's Flowers
That's really interesting about water hyacinths. I had no idea. The flowers are so beautiful!
A beautiful flower ... super nice color ...
Wow! From invasive to completely useful. Unbelievable discoveries about this gorgeous plant.
Beautiful. I've never seen one before.
Love this flower. Great macro shots.
What a beautiful flower! I think it is wonderful that people have found uses for this invasive species. The pest could turn a profit.
Very interesting. And it has a delightful flower! Well photographed.
Interesting how this pest has been put to good use.
Despite all the negative qualities, the flowers are really beautiful! We do have exhibitions from time to time of products made of the dried stalks of the plant. It's heartening to know that at least part of the clogging will be curtailed...even if it's on a small scale.
The flowers rival orchids in their beauty! I was happy to know that the plant is so useful too!
They are beautiful, I love the color. I wihs I could grow them in my pond. Lovley photos. I hope you have a happy Sunday!
I didn't know water hyacinth is this beautiful.
Tiny White Flowers
A lovely bloom on this plant. Interesting that it is considered invasive. Great photo. :)
Your water hyacinth is so delicate and truly beautiful. Great photos!
Very beautiful and I like the color of this one too. Thanks for the visit!
Here too it is considered a notifiable weed but what is a wee but a plant our of place? I had never seen it in flower and they are truly beautiful.
These used to grow in our little pond...makes me wonder whatever happened to them!
Regards and best wishes
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