Plant ID forum: Identification help

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GrandPooPaw
Aug 6, 2017 9:44 AM CST
Looking to see what this plant is. We live in Ohio central Ohio actually and this has started to grow in the creek in our backyard that feeds into the Scioto a river reference attached photo
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 6, 2017 10:00 AM CST
Welcome!

That looks like roots that have been washed free by the creek.
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GrandPooPaw
Aug 6, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Actually no it's firmly rooted and runs up the north side of the creek. The sample you see I actually had to pull pretty hard and with they grow quite a long and under water
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 6, 2017 3:17 PM CST
Yes, I think they are roots. From a tree or shrub growing near to the creek.
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greene
Aug 6, 2017 3:31 PM CST
GrandPooPaw,
I spent some time looking for invasive and/or aquatic plants but could find nothing (yet) with the red and white roots. I know that many aquatic plants show red roots; it has something to do with oxygen or lack thereof. Can you isolate the upper portion of the plant in a photo? What I am looking at in your pictures appears to be a grass-like plant but I'd like to see something of the upper part so I can keep searching. Thank You!
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Leftwood
Aug 6, 2017 4:20 PM CST
If you follow those red roots back to the plant, I think you will find that they actually "turn into" more traditional looking roots. Could easily be from the grass right there. Roots can change their morphology, depending on the conditions they grow in. Roots tend to color when exposed to light and grow thick in diameter. Growing in water (rather than in soil) also produces a thicker root. The fast movement of the water likely has a similar impetus. If this is the first time you've seen this (and you have lived there for a few years already), my guess is there is a change in the quality of the the creek water that has stimulated this growth.
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GrandPooPaw
Aug 6, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Thank you all for your quick and prompt response. I have lived here for over 13 years and this is the first time I've seen the growth. I will do some further research tomorrow and potentially take pictures if I can't find the source
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plantmanager
Aug 6, 2017 7:50 PM CST
It's possible some tree or shrub roots just finally found their way into the water to grow.
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