Native Plant Communities

Alkaline, Low Nutrient Lakes

These lakes typically receive much of their water from groundwater or from small groundwater-fed streams that receive little nutrient-rich runoff. The water is typically clear. Both submersed and emergent vegetation is characteristic. An example is Lake Panasofskee (Citrus County).

Map of Florida Lakes, from Florida Lake Watch website with the map restricted to showing lakes and ponds only.  This map does not classify lakes by pH or trophic state.


Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI). 2010. Guide to the natural communities of Florida: 2010 edition. Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Tallahassee, FL.

Schiffer, Donna M. Hydrology of central Florida lakes : a Primer. U.S. Geological SurveyCircular 1137.

USF Water Institute.  2020.  Florida Atlas of Lakes.

Whitney, E.N., D. B. Means, A. Rudloe. 2004. Priceless Florida: Natural Ecosystems and Native Species. Pineapple Press.

Date Updated 2020-05-17 11:47:34


Alkaline, Low Nutrient Lake, Lake Norris.  Photo by Shirley Denton.


Nymphaea mexicana is a species typically found in clear, groundwater-fed lakes.