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Lower Pond, Lyme
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   Lower Pond is a 4 acre body of water located in Lyme, CT.  It is surrounded by a 50-foot buffer of land trust property.  Our  September 2006 survey, found 18 aquatic plant species including three invasive milfoils, Myriophyllum aquaticum , Myriophyllum heterophyllum, and Myriophyllum spicatum.  

   Myriophyllum aquaticum and Myriophyllum spicatum are found together in the southern-most part of the lake.  Myriophyllum spicatum is also found in sizeable patches throughout the middle of the lake.  Myriophyllum heterophyllum   occurred in only a small patch in the middle of the northern half of the lake.

   Most of the lake is covered with Brasenia schreberi Nymphaea odorata and Nuphar variegata.  The southwest areas of the lake contains a large area of Utricularia vulgaris, as well as smaller patches of Utricularia gibba.   The eastern shore has several small patches of Potamogeton pulcher, mostly in the middle of the eastern shore.    The northeastern point contains Potamogeton pulcher , Sagittaria sp., Sparganium sp., Polygonum hydropiperoides , and all three Utricularias.  Polygonum hydropiperoides is also found along the northern shoreline.

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

Brasenia schreberi

Ceratophyllum echinatum

Ludwigia palustris

Myriophyllum aquaticum

Myriophyllum heterophyllum

Myriophyllum spicatum

Nuphar variegata

Nymphaea odorata

Polygonum hydropiperoides

Potamogeton pulcher

Proserpinaca palustris

Sagittaria sp.

Sparganium sp.

Typha latifolia

Utricularia gibba

Utricularia purpurea

Utricularia vulgaris


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