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Illustration: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 82.
What is Leafy Pondweed?
- All submersed
- Green to bronze in color
- Up to 3.94 inches long
- Up to 0.11 inches wide
- Located at base of leaf stalk
- 0.28-0.71 inches long
- Disk shaped
- 0.08-0.09 inches across
Where Does it Grow?
Leafy pondweed can be found in lakes, ponds, streams and irrigation ditches.
Pros and Cons of Leafy Pondweed
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.