Eichhornia crassipes is an aaquatic plant with a rose-shaped cluster of leaves. It reproduces by means of runners, which grow from the parent plant. The flowers occur in spikes and very attractive. The bases of the leaves form noticeably rounded bag-like structures.
Distribution: The water hyacinth was originally introduced in the Philippines as an ornamental plant thriving in water. Since then, it has widely spread throughout the country and now abundantly grows in streams and along the edges of lakes in large quantities that it has become nuisance to navigation. Abundant in Caraga, along Agusan River and in Agusan Marsh.