Different Categories of Aquatic Plants

aquatic management servicesThe Lake Doctors strive to offer helpful aquatic services to better educate our clients on how to identify aquatic plants and possible problems associated with waterways.  When it comes to aquatic plant identification, it is important to know that there are four general categories: submersed, floating, emergent, and algae. Check below to learn more in-depth about aquatic plant categories and their species.

  1. Submersed Plants

This category of plants are entirely submersed underwater and embedded in the sediment of the bottom floor. These plants generally produce flowers and tend to be known as problematic. Examples of submersed plants are elodia, coontail, chara, and more.

  1. Floating Plants

Floating plants can either float upon the surface of the water and receive their nutrients from the water itself, or they can be embedded into the sediment of the bottom floor and have their leaves float atop of the water. Some examples of floating plants are fragrant water lily, duckweed, and more.

  1. Emergent Plants

Emergent plants grow in shallow areas of lakes and ponds and receive their vegetation above water levels. This category of plants is often referred to as wetland plants and do not always need water to survive. Examples of these plants are cattails, smartweed, and more.

  1. Algae

Algae are single-celled or multi-celled plants that have several different groups associated with their category. Algae can be characterized by being planktonic, filamentous, and macrophytic, and more.

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