Aquatic Nuisance - Brittle Naiad
Brittle Naiad (Najas minor)
Where did it come from?
- Originates from Europe, Turkey, Northern Africa, India and Japan.
Where can it be found in South Dakota?
- Currently found in McCook Lake in Union County.
What does it look like?
- They grow below the water surface. In deep water they have long wavy stems, and in shallow water they are dense and bushy similar to milfoil and Curlyleaf Pondweed.
- It is often times mistaken for Chara. Chara has a musky smell when crushed, and Brittle Naiad does not.
Why are Brittle Naiad a problem?
- It can become a problem when it becomes overly abundant in some areas, but for the most part it's not a nuisance and is best left alone.
How are Brittle Naiad spread?
- Reproduces by fragmentation, plant fragments easily transported in livewells, bilge water, and on boat trailers.
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Brittle Naiad links
Link to USDA Brittle Naiad Page
Aqua Plant Brittle Naiad Page
Pictures of Brittle Naiad
South Dakota Brittle Naiad Distribution Map