If you do any environmental work with kids you will eventually be drawn to the water’s edge – or get deeper into it! All of us who do this need to know the basic aquatic plants. This site will help you in two ways.
First, it has the easiest key you will ever find. You use pictures, photographs and short descriptions, not the detailed descriptions in Latin that we had to learn for Waterfall’s book back in the day. Granted, these keys might not take you down to the most specific level but they can give you an answer in less than a minute to “what plant is that?”. This is one reason to (carefully!) take that laptop into the field.
Second, it provides great photographs to many of the plants, but not all. Did I mention that this is a work in progress?
Third, there are range maps for most of these plants. I know, I said there were two reasons so think of the range maps as a bonus.
Add this to the bookmarks of your smartphone or tablet: http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/wetland/wetland_interactive.html