Water hyacinth pest chokes Iraq’s indispensable waterways

Water hyacinth pest chokes Iraq’s indispensable waterways

The broad leaves and delicate purple flowers floating on the Euphrates look breathtaking — but they are suffocating the waterways of Iraq, celebrated as the “land of the two rivers”. The water hyacinth, nicknamed the “Nile flower” in Iraq, is an invasive plant native to South America’s Amazon basin that has ravaged ecosystems across the…

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