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Coastal Salt Pond

Photos: salicicola.com

 

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The vegetation surrounding coastal salt ponds. The inland ends tend to be fresher, with denser, taller vegetation developing. Similar to salt marsh.

Inland ends and shores of salt ponds. Sea-level fens [described in palustrine classification] are within the areas of Coastal salt pond marshes, but more restricted. .

Photos credit to salicicola.com (unless otherwise noted). Natural communities information extracted from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). NHESP's Coastal Salt Pond natural community page.

 

SEMPBA Archives: Coastal Salt Pond

 

Species Name

eelgrass (Zostera marina)

Atlantic mudwort (Limosella australis)

saltpond spikerush (Eleocharis parvula)

saltpond flatsedge (Cyperus filicinus)

seaside crowfoot (Ranunculus cymbalaria)

false pimpernel (Lindernia dubia)

lesser waterwort (Elatine minima)

water pygmyweed (Crassula aquatica)

saltpond pennywort (Hydrocotyle verticillata)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

common reed (Phragmites australis)

freshwater cord-grass (Spartina pectinata)

coastal switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

common threesquare (Scirpus pungens)

saltmarsh threesquare (Schoenoplectus americanus)

mock bishop's-weed (Ptilimnium capillaceum)

surface pondweed (Potamogeton epihydrus)

floating pondweed (Potamogeton natans)

 

eelgrass (Zostera marina)

By User Lamiot on fr.wikipedia - F Lamiot, CC BY-SA 1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1316764

Atlantic mudwort (Limosella australis)

By Eleanor Sualys, The Connecticutt Botanical Society, https://www.ct-botanical-society.org/Plants/view/326

Atlantic mudwort (Limosella australis)

By Eleanor Sualys, The Connecticutt Botanical Society, https://www.ct-botanical-society.org/Plants/view/326

saltpond spikerush (Eleocharis parvula)
saltpond spikerush (Eleocharis parvula)
saltpond spikerush (Eleocharis parvula)
saltpond spikerush (Eleocharis parvula)
saltpond flatsedge (Cyperus filicinus)
saltpond flatsedge (Cyperus filicinus)
saltpond flatsedge (Cyperus filicinus)
saltpond flatsedge (Cyperus filicinus)

seaside crowfoot (Ranunculus cymbalaria)

By JW Stockert - http://www.nps.gov/archive/yell/slidefile/plants/buttercupfamily/Page.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4022563

false pimpernel (Lindernia dubia)
false pimpernel (Lindernia dubia)
false pimpernel (Lindernia dubia)
lesser waterwort (Elatine minima)
lesser waterwort (Elatine minima)
lesser waterwort (Elatine minima)
lesser waterwort (Elatine minima)

water pygmyweed (Crassula aquatica)

By Hörður Kristinsson from Eyjafjarðarsveit, Island - Tillaea aquaticaUploaded by Tim1357, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22699999

saltpond pennywort (Hydrocotyle verticillata)
saltpond pennywort (Hydrocotyle verticillata)
saltpond pennywort (Hydrocotyle verticillata)
narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia) (The easiest way to tell narrow-leaved cattail from broad-leaved is to look for this green gap between the staminate and pistillate parts of the spike. There is a very short one in broad-leaved cattail, so that the staminate and pistillate parts are practically close together. The color of the ripe narrow-leaved spike is much like milk chocolate, while in broad-leaved it's more like dark chocolate.)
narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)
common reed (Phragmites australis)
common reed (Phragmites australis)
common reed (Phragmites australis)
freshwater cord-grass (Spartina pectinata)
freshwater cord-grass (Spartina pectinata)
freshwater cord-grass (Spartina pectinata)
freshwater cord-grass (Spartina pectinata)
coastal switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
coastal switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
coastal switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
coastal switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

 

common threesquare (Scirpus pungens)

common threesquare (Scirpus pungens)

common threesquare (Scirpus pungens)
saltmarsh threesquare (Schoenoplectus americanus)
saltmarsh threesquare (Schoenoplectus americanus)
saltmarsh threesquare (Schoenoplectus americanus)
saltmarsh threesquare (Schoenoplectus americanus)

mock bishop's-weed (Ptilimnium capillaceum)

mock bishop's-weed (Ptilimnium capillaceum)
mock bishop's-weed (Ptilimnium capillaceum)
surface pondweed (Potamogeton epihydrus)
surface pondweed (Potamogeton epihydrus)
surface pondweed (Potamogeton epihydrus)
surface pondweed (Potamogeton epihydrus)
floating pondweed (Potamogeton natans)

floating pondweed (Potamogeton natans)

By Christian Fischer, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4529443

floating pondweed (Potamogeton natans)

By Christian Fischer, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=195739