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A Swiss-Army Knife, the Weather, and Wetlands:

The other night I sat outside in the shade and enjoyed the cool breeze and pondered the weather, the function of a good multi-tool like a Gerber or Swiss-army knife, and their relation to wetlands...

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Algae Control

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This Aquagide shows you how to control algae in your Missouri pond.

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American Lotus

Nelumbo lutea
American lotus is an aquatic plant with circular leaves that are held above water. The large yellow flowers have an interesting showerhead-like disk at the center.

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American Lotus (Floating Leaf)

American lotus is an aquatic plant that can cover large areas. The leaves are blue green, circular, without a V-shaped notch, extremely variable in size, to 2 feet wide, and can shed water. The stem is attached in the center. They are normally held above the water level on long stems, though young leaves float.

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American Pondweed (Longleaf Pondweed)

American pondweed, or longleaf pondweed (Potamogeton nodosus), like other pondweeds, grows submerged in water, sometimes with floating leaves, with only its flowers rising above the surface.

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American Pondweed (Longleaf Pondweed)

American pondweed, or longleaf pondweed (Potamogeton nodosus), is one of our native pondweeds that can grow rampantly and become a nuisance plant in ponds and lakes. When they grow excessively, it can be due to excessive nutrients entering the water, such as farm and fertilizer runoff or leaky septic systems.

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American Water Willow

Justicia americana
American water willow is common on gravel bars and other stream banks throughout much of Missouri. The dense colonies of emergent stems have leaves like a willow’s, but the two-lipped flowers resemble little orchids.

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American Water Willow

American water willow is common on gravel bars and other stream banks throughout much of Missouri. The dense colonies of emergent stems have leaves like a willow’s, but the two-lipped flowers resemble little orchids.

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American Water Willow (Flowers)

The flowers of water willow are nothing like the catkins of true willows. They are clustered into headlike groups and are about ¾ inch long with a notched upper lip and a 3-lobed lower lip. The upper lip is light purple, rarely white; the lower lip white or pale purple with purple markings. It blooms May through October.

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Aquatic plant, pickerel weed, being grown in a nursery

Aquatic Propagation in Scours

Over the summer aquatic plants, like this pickerel weed, have been grown in a nursery and planted in some of the deeper scours that have held water through the summer.

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