Eichhornia crassipes Solms Laub

arsenic effectively. It can be used in purification of silver-containing waste water, also for the treatment of low-level liquid radioactive wastes and mercurial waste water. The plant has a strong capacity for removing phenol. Biomass of non-living dried water Hyacinth roots showed high absorption of copper from aqueous solutions.

The plant exhibits antifungal activity against Candida albicans.

Synonym ► E. speciosa Kunth.

Family ► Pontederiaceae.

Habitat ► Native to tropical South America; naturalized all over India.

English ► Water-Hyacinth, Bengal Terror, Blue Devil, The Million Dollar Weed.

Ayurvedic ► Wrongly equated with Jalakumbhi (Pistia stratiotes Linn., Tropical Duckweed.)

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