Herefordshire Amphibian & Reptile Team

Records - Pond plants survey

In a survey of 100 Herefordshire ponds, carried out by Anthea Brian & Beryl Harding between 1987 and 1991, it was found that ponds varied a lot in the numbers of plant species and animal types, with the majority of ponds having only limited numbers of each. Ponds with high numbers of plant species tended to have more animal types, showing the close dependence of animals on plants.

 

The number of Herefordshire ponds out of 100 surveyed between 1987 and 1991 in which different species of pond plants were found:

     
Plant Common name No of Ponds
Achillea ptarmica Sneezewort 1
Acorus calamus Sweet-flag 2
Alisma plantago-aquatica Water-plantain 34
Alnus glutinosa Alder 27
Alopecurus geniculatus Marsh foxtail 4
Angelica sylvestris Wild angelica 27
Apium inundatum Lesser marshwort 2
Apium nodiflorum Fool's water-cress 13
Berula erecta Lesser water-parsnip 2
Bidens cernua Nodding bur-marigold 3
Bidens tripartita Trifid bur-marigold 2
Butomus umbellatus Flowering-rush 1
Callitriche sp Water-starwort 23
Caltha palustris Marsh-marigold 7
Cardamine flexuosa Wavy bitter-cress 6
Cardamine pratensis Cuckooflower 8
Carex nigra Common sedge 1
Carex ovalis Oval sedge 1
Carex pseudocyperus Cyperus sedge 2
Carex remota Remote sedge 3
Carex sp Sedge 11
Ceratophyllum demersum Rigid hornwort 7
Chara sp Stonewort 3
Crassula helmsii Water stonecrop 5
Eleocharis palustris Common spike-rush 13
Elodea canadensis Canadian water-weed 10
Epilobium hirsutum Great willowherb 43
Equisetum palustre Marsh horsetail 14
Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet 17
Galium palustre Common marsh-bedstraw 23
Glyceria maxima Reed sweet-grass 6
Glyceria declinata Small sweet-grass 2
Glyceria fluitans Floating sweet-grass 12
Hippuris vulgaris Mare's-tail 1
Hydrocotyle vulgaris Marsh pennywort 3
Impatiens glandulifera Indian balsam 2
Iris pseudacorus Yellow iris 18
Juncus acutiflorus Sharp-flowered rush 8
Juncus articulatus Jointed rush 5
Juncus effusis Soft rush 40
Juncus inflexus Hard rush 36
Juncus sp Rush 4
Lemna gibba Fat duckweed 1
Lemna minor Common duckweed 49
Lemna polyrhiza Greater duckweed 2
Lemna trisulca Ivy-leaved duckweed 11
Lotus uligiosus Greater bird's-foot-trefoil 5
Lychnis flos-cuculi Ragged-robin 1
Lycopus europaeus Gypsywort 16
Lysimachia nummularia Creeping-jenny 2
Lysimachia vulgaris Yellow loosestrife 1
Lythrum salicaria Purple loosestrife 5
Mentha aquatica Water mint 30
Menyanthes trifoliata Bogbean 2
Mimulus guttatus Monkeyflower 3
Myosotis scorpioides Water forget-me-not 28
Myriophyllum sp Water-milfoil 6
Nuphar lutea Yellow water-lily 3
Nitella sp Stonewort 1
Nymphaea alba White water-lily 9
Oenanthe aquatica Fine-leaved water-dropwort 3
Oenanthe crocata Hemlock water-dropwort 1
Oenanthe fistulosa Tubular water-dropwort 3
Phalaris arundinacea Reed canary-grass 1
Phragmites australis Common reed 1
Polygonum amphibium Amphibious bistort 8
Polygonum bistorta Common bistort 2
Polygonum hydropiper Water-pepper 2
Potamageton acutifolius Sharp-leaved pondweed 1
Potamageton berchtoldii Small pondweed 9
Potamageton crispus Curled pondweed 4
Potamageton natans Broad-leaved pondweed 15
Potamageton pectinatus Fennel pondweed 4
Pulicaria dysenterica Common fleabane 4
Ranunculus aquatilus Common water-crowfoot 21
Ranunculus flammula Lesser spearwort 10
Ranunculus lingua Greater spearwort 2
Ranunculus sceleratus Celery-leaved buttercup 14
Riccia fluitans An aquatic liverwort 1
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum Water-cress 11
Rorippa sylvestris Creeping yellow-cress 1
Rumex hydrolapathum Water dock 3
Sagittaria sagittifolia Arrowhead 1
Salix alba White willow 5
Salix caprea Goat willow 26
Salix fragilis Crack willow 28
Salix viminalis Osier 9
Scirpus sp Club-rush 3
Scrophularia auriculata Water figwort 11
Scutellaria galericulata Skullcap 4
Senecio aquaticus Marsh ragwort 1
Solanum dulcamara Bittersweet 38
Sparganium emersum Unbranched bur-reed 8
Sparganium erectum Branched bur-reed 24
Stachys palustris Marsh woundwort 1
Stellaria alsine Bog stitchwort 2
Stratiotes aloides Water-soldier 1
Triglochin palustris Marsh arrowgrass 1
Typha angustifolia Lesser bulrush 3
Typha latifolia Bulrush 20
Utricularia vulgaris Greater bladderwort 2
Veronica beccabunga Brooklime 27
Veronica catenata Pink water-speedwell 5
Veronica scutellata Marsh speedwell 1

Anthea Brian & Beryl Harding
Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club Vol XLVIII 1996 Part 3

 

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