New York Natural Heritage Program
Freshwater Tidal Creek
Freshwater tidal creek at Murderers Creek Troy Weldy
System: Estuarine
SubSystem: Estuarine Subtidal

State Protection: Not Listed
Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: Typically 6 to 20 occurrences, few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G3G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G3G4 means: Vulnerable globally, or Apparently Secure -- At moderate risk of extinction, with relatively few populations or locations in the world, few individuals, and/or restricted range; or uncommon but not rare globally; may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.


Did you know?
Fragrant waterlily (Nymphaea odorata) is a plant that can be found in freshwater tidal creeks and other freshwater open wetlands. Its showy flower and leaves float on the water surface, attached to stems that originate from the root at the soil surface underwater. This plant's roots, leaves, and seeds are widely used as a food plant by native wildlife, such as beaver, muskrat, ducks, and deer. In addition, Native Americans used this plant in teas to treat coughs, mouth sores, and lung infections, and as food, by grinding the rhizomes into flour and frying the seeds.

State Ranking Justification [-]
This community is restricted to the freshwater tidal areas of the state. The majority of occurrences are on the Hudson River in Greene, Columbia, and Dutchess Counties. There are estimated to be about 40 occurrences in the state. Several of these occurrences are threatened because of shoreline development and invasive plants.

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