Water hyacinth is native to the Amazon River System; it evolved there and is a natural and essential part of the Amazon ecosystem. Unfortunatley, due to the beauty of the flowers it has been introduced in many parts of the world and has become a problematic invasive species. Close-up of the flowers ("Eichhornia crassipes"; family Pontederiaceae).
A South American coati foraging in the canopy during the high water season, seasonally flooded forest, Loreto, Peru . Coatis or coatimundis, are diurnal members of the raccoon family (species: Nasua nasua).
A second shot of the male and female, seasonally flooded forest, Loreto, Peru ("Donacobius atricapilla", Passeriformes).