Milfoil Reproduces

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Eurasian milfoil can reproduce either asexually or sexually, though asexual reproduction is more frequent. When the milfoil reproduces asexually, a small piece of the stem will break off of the original plant, then the smaller piece will begin to grow roots in the bottom of the body of water and continue to grow as a new organism. This process is known as fragmentation. Sexual reproduction occurs when the milfoil drops a seed to the bottom of the water and the seed becomes fertilized. The seeds can remain viable for several years. On milfoil, there are both male and female flowers. This increases the reproduction rate since the plant can essentially fertilize itself. This can occur when the pollen of one plant is transferred to the stigma
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