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What is Carolina Pony’s Foot?
- Forming mats
- Long leaf stalks
- Oval or egg shaped
- 2-4 seeded
- Rooting at nodes
- 0.39-4.72 inches tall
Where Does it Grow?
Carolina pony’s foot can be found in deep, open ground, in mud along the edge of lakes and ponds, on the edges of swamps and marshes, and along roadsides and lawns.
Pros and Cons of Carolina Pony’s Foot
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.