This is a free-floating plant that has no roots and has flowers on erect stems above the water. The plant is about 8 inches tall with yellowish flowers that have 3-lobes and a spur underneath. There are no true leaves on this plant. There are leaf branches called petioles that are fleshy and inflated with air which allows them to float.
Concern: The plant has no known direct food value to wildlife; however, it does provide food and shelter to small fish species. If it grows out of control it can cause interference with boating and fishing activities.