Problem Algae

Problem Algae

Problem Algae

Algae are primitive plants that exhibit no true leaves, stems or root systems. When algae grows in abundance it is easily observed changing the water color or forming surface mats. Algae can easily cover a ponds surface. There are several categories of algae.

Planktonic - The type that changes the water color. Usually green (pea soup) or brown or even red.
Filamentous - The type that is mat forming. Prior to forming surface mats it may appear as stringy strands beneath the surface often attached to dock legs, plants and rocks.
Branched - The type that looks similar to a plant. Branched or Chara type algae generally grows densely along the bottom suppressing most other growth. See the descriptions below.

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Problem Algae

Filamentous Matted Algae

Filamentous Matted Algae

Surface mats are bubble filled and usually appear green but can become yellow to brownish. Prior to maturing beneath the surface, algae may appear like srtingy cotton candy strands attached to rocks, dock legs or weeds.

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Pea Soup

Pea Soup

Grows entirely underwater, except for a small white flower that blooms during the summer. Has branched stems, leaves are usually dark green color. Leaves are oval shaped and arranged in clusters of three or four around the stem.

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Chara-Branched Algae

Chara-Branched Algae

Common in the Naiad family is bushy, water, brittle, slender and southern naiad. Bushy pondweed is sometimes confused with chara. Leaves are tapered to a fine point with tiny spines.

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Swimmers Itch

Swimmers Itch

Unfortunately this exotic plant is established in most states. It grows densely forming surface mats that prohibit recreation and displace desirable native plants communities.

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