Aquatic Nuisance - Curly Pondweed
Curly Pondweed (Potamogeton crispus)
Where did it come from?
Originates from Europe, Africa, and Australia.
Where can it be found in South Dakota?
Found in several water bodies across the state, including Sheridan Lake, Canyon Lake, Rapid Creek, Angostura Reservoir, Roy Lake, Lake Alice, Lake Mitchell and Lakes Oahe, Sharpe, and Lewis and Clark.
What does it look like?
- They have flat stems with some branching that are 1-3 inches long and about 1/8 inch in diameter. Long narrow leaves are attached to the stem, and it produces brown flowers between May and October.
Why is Curly Pondweed a problem?
- Can form dense mats at the water surface, shading out native vegetation and creating problems for boaters, especially in protected areas (marinas).
How is Curly Pondweed spread?
- Curly pondweed spreads by hardened buds (sometimes called turions) and by seeds.
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Curlyleaf Pondweed links
USGS Fact Sheet on Curly Pondweed
Pictures of Curly Pondweed
South Dakota Curly Pondweed Distribution