Water Hyacinth

Eichhornia crassipes

Listen to the Podcast
 

You are missing some Flash content that should appear here! Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly.


It may have pretty purple flowers, but Eichhornia crassipes can be a green menace. Introduced to Africa from the neotropics, this invasive weed is choking Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest lake. Water hyacinth has carpeted vast stretches of the lake, fouling fishing nets and blocking harbors. Ari Daniel Shapiro teams with reporter in the field, Gastive Oyani, to speak with local fishermen and botanist Helida Oyieke. They learn how the lake and the lives of the people who depend on it are responding to this weedy challenge.

Jan Ševčík, BioLib.cz  
http://www.eol.org/data_objects/5825025

Download a transcript of this podcast

Photo Credit: Jan Ševčík, BioLib.cz

Harvard MCZThe One Species at a Time podcast series is supported by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

 

 

Learn More

Participate

We’re interested in your stories and pictures of invasive species. You can record your story below using our on-line recorder. Send your pictures of invasive species to: education(at)eol.org

Contributing an image or recording acknowledges that the picture may be posted to our site and will be licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 copyright.

< Back to main podcast page.

Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Group | Museum of Comparative Zoology | Harvard University
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA | 617-496-6764 | education [at] eol.org | Notices & Credits