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Cooper’s Pond is a 2.3 acre waterbody located in Stamford, CT. The pond is only about 1 m deep and aquatic vegetation reaches the surface throughout. Our CAES IAPP 2016 aquatic plant survey found ten native species and two invasive species. The invasive Potamogeton crispus (curlyleaf pondweed) was found scattered throughout the pond in low abundances. Invasive Najas minor (brittle waternymph) was found in very small quantity. Stuckenia pectinata (Sago pondweed) covered much of the pond and made rowing our survey boat difficult. Ceratophyllum demersum (coontail hornwort), Potamogeton foliosus (leafy pondweed), Potamogeton pusillus (small pondweed), Spirodela polyrhiza (great duckweed), and Wolffia species (watermeal) were all found in most areas of the pond, in small abundances. Zannichellia palustris (horned pondweed) was found in high density along the Northwestern and Southeastern shorelines. Ludwigia species (primrose-willow), as well as emergent species, Phragmites species and Typha species were found along the Southeastern shoreline, where the pond appeared to have been drawn down.
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Species recorded in our 2016 survey of Cooper's Pond. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (invasive species in bold)
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