• mariagross

Pipeworts' Hidden Markings

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

On July 8, 2020 I was patrolling with Gitch Whalen along the shoreline from the Deans' Cove to Wiley Brook and we were struck at the variety of small pointy, multiple pedaled plants on the floor of the lake, in the middle of the littoral zone. I wondered if they were all Pipewort (a native plant and indicator of good water quality.) But not all of them had dead giveaway, the telltale flower, that you will see in the large middle plant, its stalk folder over with the button flower against the right side of the tray. Granted the little ones would have been too young to have that ID. It had seemed to me that the smaller plants were different.

Did I have some Quillwort in my tray? Amy confirmed that all of the specimens in the tray are Pipewort.

So I went back to the tray to start over.

I had read several seasons ago that the roots of a Pipewort would have striped ("septated") roots and I definitely did not "see" any on the plants I had .... UNTIL I used my magnifying lens and there they were! Teeny, tiny ones, on every root of each plant, even on the baby ones in the lower right corner.

The naked eye wasn't going to do it for me with this identification!




51 views2 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Last Haul, for now

On Sept 25th I ventured on what is probably the last patrol outside zone 7 where my home is located. I wanted to take on what Don had reported were sections of the lake not yet reported on this seas

Paige Brook

Patrolled all of Paige Brook this morning and, while underwater visibility was not great with the sun in and out, I saw nothing unusual. Much of the submerged vegetation is starting to die back althou