What is this plant or weed?

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  1. patj

    patj Senior Refuge Member

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    There were several geese where I took pic yesterday and we shot quite a few widgeon at this pond this morning . weed.JPG
     
  2. dirtyj

    dirtyj Senior Refuge Member

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    Might be chara
     
  3. ArmChair Biologist

    ArmChair Biologist Refuge Member

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    I'm almost certain it's sago pondweed. There's a few different forms of sago and ducks in the mississippi flyway eat more sago seeds and tubers then anything else. If there's allot of ducks using a pond with sago it will be rooted up all over the place. Chara has shorter leafs. If you pick it up squeeze it and smell it you can determine if it's chara. Chara will feel almost "crunchy" and smell very musky. If it doesn't have those features it's sago.
     
  4. patj

    patj Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks for the input guys!
     
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    From your picture it looks like there are tubers that have been grubbed up, probably by the birds you are hunting. The tubers would make it sago pondweed (potamogeton?), as wigeon grass doesn't form tubers, just rhizomes. We have both around here. I hunt spots where it grows in the summer and produces tubers before dying back and dissappearing. The tubers are candy for waterfowl, especially divers that can access them in water too deep for dabblers.
     
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    JFG Elite Refuge Member

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    Looks like sago, especially if those are tubers. Pic could be better for id.
     
  9. patj

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    I'll try to get a better specimen and pic. So if it doesn't smell like skunk, I can rule out chara? If it has tubers I can rule out widgeon grass?
     
  10. boatdriver

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    Comeaux,

    Wigeon grass or Ruppia maritima needs salinity to grow. It's only found in intermediate tidal marshes down here on the coast where the salinities fluctuate. It wouldn't be found in Oklahoma. Not trying to come off as rude by any means. Just clarifying why it can't be wigeon grass. NOW, it has a freshwater relative that resembles it a lot called Southern Naiad Najas guadalupensis. It grows in freshwater systems only.
     
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