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    Ozark

    National Scenic Riverways Missouri

Freshwater Plants

Nature and Science

Pickerel Weed can be found in backwaters and sloughs       

(Missouri Dept of Conservation Photo)

Ozark Springs provide habitat for many species of aquatic plants. The ivy leaved duckweed is found in Alley and Round Spring, yet is rare statewide. Watercress is abundant in all the springs, and coontail provides habitat for fish in the rivers. Pickerel weed, sweet flag and other species can be found in backwaters and sloughs along the river.

Did You Know?

Water cascading through a shut in

"Shut Ins" are an Ozark term for small canyon-like areas where water and rock struggle. Ozark National Scenic Riverways' Rocky Falls is the best known in the park, but there are several more in less easily accessible areas such as near Klepzig Mill. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...