West Lake, Guilford - 2005

West Lake Photo 2005

West Lake is a 52-acre lake located in Guilford, CT. Our August 2005 survey found nineteen species of aquatic plants. Only minor naiad (Najas minor) was invasive. It was the most abundant plant found in the lake, found in moderate quantities throughout the entire southern half as well as sizable patches around the edges in the north. A native species of the same genus, southern naiad (Najas guadalupensis) was also common, occurring with large-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton amplifolius) in patches around most of the edge. Robbins' pondweed (Potamogeton robbinsii) and coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum) are two other common submersed plants found in sizable patches. Two floating-leafed plants, white water lily (Nymphaea odorata) and yellow water lily (Nuphar variegata) were also common along the edges, with much smaller quantities of watershield (Brasenia schreberi).

Species recorded in our 2005 survey of West Lake.
Scientific Names
*Invasive Species
Common bladderwort Large-Leaf pondweed Purple bladderwort Spiney-Spored quillwort
Coontail Leafy pondweed Robbins' pondweed Watershield
Grassy arrowhead Little floating heart Sevenangle pipewort White water lily
Humped bladderwort Minor naiad* Small waterwort Yellow water lily
Lake ludwigia Needle spikerush Southern naiad

Other West Lake Surveys: 20212010