Beach Pond, Voluntown
Beach Pond Species Map
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            This 372 acre pond is a natural lake that was made 10 feet deeper by the building of a concrete dam at the westernmost point. It is surrounded by forest and wetlands, some of which belong to the Pachaug State Forest, as well as some light residential development. 

            Our July, 2008 survey of Beach Pond yielded 16 aquatic plant species. Although no single plant could be named the most common, results did show Potamogeton bicupulatus to be the dominant plant around the shoreline while Utricularia purpurea and Myriophyllum humile were common in the small narrow eastern part of the lake.  In general, the lake’s bathymetry only allows plants to grow very close to the shore, as the depth drops quickly. No invasive plant species were identified in Beach Pond.

Find Common Plant Names

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Species recorded in our 2008 survey of Beach Pond. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (invasive species in bold)

Elatine minima

Eleocharis sp.

Gratiola aurea

Isoetes sp.

Myriophyllum humile

Myriophyllum tenellum

Nymphaea odorata

Potamogeton bicupulatus

Sagittaria sp.

Sparganium sp.

Unidentified sedge

Utricularia gibba

Utricularia minor

Utricularia purpurea

Utricularia radiata

Utricularia macrorhiza (FKA vulgaris)

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