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Mosquito FernScientific Name: Azolla caroliniana
•Cluster of tiny fern-like leaves; leaves usually ½ to 1 inch across; leaves grey to green when young and rusty red when older.
•Small roots dangle beneath each leaf.
•The red phase resembles a Euglena bloom from a distance.
•Forms layer on surface that is at the will of the wind; may cover an entire pond if conditions are calm; heavy infestations can shade sunlight required for oxygen synthesis and fish productivity. Often found in association with duckweeds.