Native Plants & Eurasian Watermilfoil Identification

Included here are images of native plant species that are indigenous to Snyder’s Lake, including crowfoot, long leaf pondweed, elodea and coontail. Native plants are essential to health of our lake. A recent plant survey has found most of these to be at low to moderate densities and not an impediment to recreation. A high diversity and moderate density of native plants is the most favorable plant mix for our lake’s ecosystem. 

Also included is an image of Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM), a non-native, invasive plant species. EWM deserves special attention because its rapid, overabundant growth can push out desirable native plant species. While EWM can provide important habitat for small fish populations, the Lake Association (in collaboration with NYS DEC and Solitude Lake Management Company) has worked to control its excessive growth because of the negative impact it has had on our lake's ecosystem and the impediment it has had to recreation.

These images and descriptions are provided so that the community can properly identify native plants from invasive species like EWM. If anyone does identify milfoil, please notify the Snyder’s Lake Association immediately with a picture and location of where it was observed so that we can follow up accordingly with the Lake Management Company.

All images obtained from this New York Lakes Field Guide of Aquatic Plant and Invasive Species. Click on image to enlarge and  see more information.

Invasive Species: 

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Eurasian Watermilfoil

Native Plant Species:   

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Stiff White Water Buttercup/Crowfoot

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Long-leaf Pondweed

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Elodea, waterweed

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