Deep emergent marsh - aquatic bed
NOTE: This community has been re-classified. It is now considered a variant of the broadly-defined "emergent marsh" community.
Deep emergent marsh - aquatic beds are emergent marshes that are transitional to aquatic beds. This broadly-defined, widespread natural community occurs in a variety of settings and can contain a diverse mix of species, including floating-leaved, submersed, and emergent herbaceous plant species. Common species include Nuphar variegata (variegated yellow pondlily), Brasenia schreberi (water shield), Nymphoides cordata (floating heart), Utricularia macrorhiza (common bladderwort), Lemna minor (lesser duckweed), Spirodela polyrhiza (water flaxseed), Wolffia columbiana (Columbian watermeal), Pontederia cordata (pickerel weed), Vallisneria americana (tapegrass), Potamogeton spp. (pondweeds), and Myriophyllum spp. (milfoils).
Deep emergent marsh - aquatic bed community at Berry Pond (photo by Ben Kimball)
Deep emergent marsh - aquatic bed at Pawtuckaway Lake (photo by Ben Kimball)