Indian Lake, Orange
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   Indian Lake is a 27-acre water body in Orange , CT.  It was originally part of a river, and was dredged into a lake in the 1990’s.  Most of the homes surrounding the lake do not have a buffer zone between the lawn and the lake, and there is a large population of resident Canadian geese.   

   Our August 2006 survey found 14 aquatic plant species, including the invasive Najas minor.  The most abundant species in the lake, however, is the native species Elodea nuttallii.

   Elodea nuttallii is found along the entire perimeter of the lake, with very few breaks, except for the northeast cove which is covered with Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa, Nuphar variegata, Wolffia brasiliense and Lemna minor.  The furthest cove to the northeast has abundant Elodea nuttallii and Potamogeton epihydrus.  Around the peninsula in the Northeast, there is more Elodea nuttallii, along with Potamogeton bicupulatus and very sparse Eleocharis acicularis.  This mix continues through the eastern-most cove, along with some floating-leaved species.

   The southeast shore contains Elodea nuttallii, the floating-leaved plants,  small patches of Pontederia cordata, charaphyte, and Potamogeton bicupulatus. Further to the South there is one small patch of Potamogeton epihydrus, and a patch of the invasive Najas minor.  

   Along the  northwestern  shore is two 2 patches of Ceratophyllum echinatum.  The usual mix of Elodea and floating plants continues along the western shore, until it is intermingled with Najas minor, Potamogeton bicupulatus, and Eleocharis acicularis in both northwest coves.

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Species recorded in our 2006 survey of Indian Lake. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (invasive species in bold)

Ceratophyllum echinatum


Eleocharis acicularis

Elodea nuttallii

Lemna minor

Najas minor

Nuphar variegata

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa

Pontederia cordata

Potamogeton bicupulatus

Potamogeton epihydrus

Potamogeton pusillus

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