Azolla filiculoides
Azolla filiculoides
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Azolla filiculoides

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You are purchasing one pack of approximately 50 plants (please note some duck weed may be present!)

Habit & Ecology:

Attractive aquatic fern who has evolved to float in many of Australia's waterways. The plant with high nutrients can rapidly cover ponds so thick that it looks like a hard surface. With thick covering, the plant prevents mosquito larvae from being able to reach the surface to breathe.

Wildlife seen using this species:

Food plant for:

- Short necked River Turtles

- Water Fowl

- Clam shrimp (utilises root systems presumably feeding on bacteria?)

For Shelter/Breeding:

-Presumably great nesting site for native fish (rainbows attach tiny eggs to floating plants)

-Root systems entire ecosystems unto themselves providing habitat for an array of microbes 

Human uses:

Used as a fertilizer, in other countries feed for stock. Potential as a human food but more research likely required.

High Biofiltration potential (sucks up nutrients and potentially pollutants)


Grows well in Aquariums with good lighting, outdoors is able to grow in sunny to partly shaded conditions. Keep nutrients low in water if you don't wish for the plant to cover the surface. Alternatively makes a great fertilizer for the veggie patch and fruit trees if scooped out regularly and placed around them.


Before purchasing please contact us to see which provenance we might have close to you.


- You may receive additional species in the pack (duck weed etc) Doing our best to purify our collections and stop frog movement between our cultures!

- Protect your local biodiversity, do not release any plant into your local environment even if native. Plants from cultivated sources may not be of genetic local provenance and interfere with local population ecology and genetics  

- We do our best to check for hitch hikers before sending but we can't guarantee there wont be any. We suggest all plants be quarantined to contain any potential hitchhikers (algae to aquatic & land snails/inverts ) no matter the supplier 

- Apologies we cannot send plants internationally to WA, TAS or NT (Biosecurity)

- Please pay for plants/items by 1pm Saturday to give us time to package the plants before post day MondaysPayment after 1pm Saturday will mean plants posted the following weekIf there is a public holiday during the post week we will post the following week to avoid the plant spending excess time in transit 

- Be aware we cannot claim responsibility for delayed times in postage. 

- We do our best to carefully package & post on Sundays/Mondays to minimise delays in transit. We care about our plant life some of which are rare, we want the plants to arrive to you in the best possible condition. But please note some factors are out of our control  especially in current times

Happy Growing

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment or consumption or cultivation.