Category Archives: Aquatic & Marsh Plants

This is Spiny Cap

A prickly plethora of large Yellow thistle (Cirsium horridium) lined some of the boardwalk paths over the marshy sections at Cape May Point State Park.

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Glacial growth rings

Franklin Lake had a thin glaze, although a few parts remained liquidly supple. Here and there, small petals of ice blossomed along reedy stems.

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Frosted phragmites — they’re Grrrreat!

Bowing a bit under their icy coverings, these marsh reeds (probably Phragmites australis) withstood their first real winter storm.

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Aquatic pick-me-up

Flanked by their large, lily-like leaves, pointy purple clusters of Pickerelweed (perhaps Pontederia cordata) are flowering along the water’s edge at Franklin Lake Park in West Long Branch.

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Chlorophyll to the brim

Almost up to his oversized eyeballs in a soupy mix of Common duckweed (Lemna minor) and algae, this frog looked quite comfortable and right at home. (Earlier post about a similar frog.)

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Barbed mire

Growing like spiky caterpillars along a marshy section, these bristly seed heads may belong to Bottlebrush or porcupine sedge (Carex hystericina).

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True baby blues

A lovely field of these incredibly petite flowers — perhaps True or Water forget-me-nots (Myosotis scorpioides) —¬†formed something of a low hedge between the marsh reeds and a paved park path.

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