Messerschmidt Pond, Deep River

Messerschmidt Pond Species Map

2005 Aquatic Plant Survey Map of Messerschmidt Pond

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Transect Data (262 KB, .pdf format*)  | Water Data

   Messerschmidt Pond is a 73 acre, artificial impoundment fed by several small streams. It has a maximum depth of 16 feet near a dam at the eastern end. The pond is surrounded by forest. The state maintains a carry-in boat launch on the western shore, but gas-powered motors are prohibited.

   Messerschmidt Pond supported a diverse community of aquatic plants during our August 2005 survey, although it was dominated by the invasive Cabomba caroliniana. C. caroliniana occurred in nearly all regions of the pond. The plant grew as scattered plants in the shallowest water near the shore and under floating-leaved species that grew around most of the pond’s periphery. C. caroliniana was not found in water more than  12 feet (3.5 m) deep. However, the species was extremely abundant everywhere between the outer edges of the floating-leaved species and these deep-water areas, growing very densely in a nearly monospecific stand across the lake. A second invasive species, Myriophyllum heterophyllum, grew with the C. caroliniana in several widely scattered areas, sometimes becoming more abundant but never completely replacing the C. caroliniana.

   Nymphaea odorata covered extensive areas of the pond. It occurred in narrow bands extending 12 feet (10 m) from the shore, and as more extensive stands in several sheltered coves and around the islands. Occurring less abundantly with the N. odorata were Utricularia radiata, Nymphoides cordata, Brasenia schreberi, Nuphar variegata, Potamogeton epihydrus, Eriocaulon aquaticum and Gratiola aurea.  Potamogeton pulcher and Utricularia vulgaris were found as small patches on the west, north and south sides.   Utricularia vulgaris also occurred with Utricularia minor and Utricularia intermedia around the larger island.  Utricularia intermedia and Utricularia purpurea were found on the west and south sides of the pond, while Elatine minima was only found on the west side.  Eleocharis acicularis, Potamogeton bicupulatus and Potamogeton pusillus were only found on the pond's south side .


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Species recorded in our 2005 survey of Messerschmidt Pond. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (invasive species in bold)

Brasenia schreberi

Cabomba caroliniana

Elatine minima

Eleocharis acicularis

Eriocaulon aquaticum

Gratiola aurea

Myriophyllum heterophyllum

Nuphar variegata

Nymphaea odorata

Nymphoides cordata

Potamogeton bicupulatus

Potamogeton epihydrus

Potamogeton pulcher

Potamogeton pusillus

Utricularia intermedia

Utricularia minor

Utricularia purpurea

Utricularia radiata

Utricularia vulgaris

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