A very special pond plant

A very special pond plant

Plants can colonise ponds naturally too

This is a very special little pond plant.

It’s not a rarity, it’s not poisonous, it’s not an invasive alien and it’s certainly not much to look at. So what is so special about this plant?

Simply, it’s the first recorded natural colonisation of a garden pond by a wild wetland plant that I have come across. It first appeared in my pond earlier in the summer, and now its big enough to be reveal its true identify.

What is it? At first we thought it was a young Branched Bur-reed plant (known to botanists as Sparganium erectum) but we’re pretty certain now its Bulrush (botanical name Typha latifolia)

So how did this plant get to my pond?

Well – probably by its downy, wind-blown, seeds landing in the pond. Bulrush is usually one of the first plants to colonise new ponds in the countryside.

So it looks like my pond is behaving just like any other pond – being colonised by wild wetland plants under their own steam.

It took just over a year for this plant to get to the pond and I was beginning to doubt whether it was really going to happen. Now I know it is at least possible I’m waiting for the next new arrival.

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One Response to “A very special pond plant”

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