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Claire Peterson

Identification of aquatic plant

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Hi everyone! We received a message through our Facebook page from a concerned citizen about the aquatic plant shown. She wants to know what this could be and if it is invasive. The location is Sugden Lake in Oakland County

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Really hard to tell from the picture - it could be several things. A good close up picture of the number of leaves whorled around the stem would be super helpful, & we might be able to make a positive ID here.

Here's a link to a helpful little book called "A Field Guide to Invasive Plants of Aquatic and Wetland Habitats for Michigan".  They can read the book on-line, and it has good descriptions. 

http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/invasive-species/AquaticsFieldGuide.pdf

Another helpful link below...goes to state of Michigan website with invasive species profiles.

http://www.michigan.gov/invasives/0,5664,7-324-68002---,00.html

Unfortunately, the natives look very similar to the invasive species, so they really should collect a sample for positive ID.

~Anna

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Hi Anna!

These were the two additional photographs that were sent to me. Phyllis was unable to identify it but she wanted me to pass along a milfoil power point that had been done. I've received no updates from the person who contacted us since sending that information.

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