Myriophyllum heterophyllumFOUND by rchawley
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My wonderful cohort Jeffrey aka "Kansas" (because he is from Kansas) set out today, Wednesday the 20th of 2012, for the Sebago Lake region with a burning desire to find Variable Watermilfoil and record our findings! We assumed that it would be easy to find this species, given that variable milfoil has been recorded in this lake for quite some time. However, we spent a good amount of time fishing for milfoil with our Weed Weasel, that smo gave us so kindly, to no avail. We first tried the Sebago Lake boat launch, then the Sebago lake beach, (where everyone was enjoying the 80+ F degree weather and Kansas and I were jealous) and then finally we decided to go try to locate some milfoil at the Songo Locks. It was there that we found success! After finding no milfoil with our Weed Weasel there, we got quite frustrated. So Kansas and I went and stood on the bridge that crossed one over to the locks. It was then! Over there! Can you see it Kansas??? I saw a nasty looking raccoon tail clinging to the shoreline. There it was. That nasty, NASTY invasive milfoil. Sure enough, after slipping on my thigh-high waders (a very good look I might add) and gathering the weed from the river and comparing it to the lovely species identification card we had brought with us... I became confident enough to say, "we may not be in Kansas anymore, Kansas, but I think we found it!"
This plant looked like a raccoon tail in the water, just like what the species card said it should look like. It also had a thick red stem. We hope this is right!
The individual leaves on this water invader were feathered, which is an identifying characteristic of variable watermilfoil.
N 43.932254 °
W -70.577374 °
Wed, 2012-06-20 11:30
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