Eel Grass

Zostera marina

Image by Colin Faulkingham from Wikimedia, public domain

Physical: Eel Grass has long, flat leaves, and can reach up to 3 feet in length; it grows in dense mats and has a complex root system.  It has inconspicuous flowers on the base of the leaves.

Habitat: Z. marina grows in various substrates in a wide range of salinities, commonly in bays and sounds.  The dense groupings of plants provide refuge for juveniles of various species.

Feeding: Eel Grass is a marine vegetation.  It is photosynthetic, and thus autotrophic.

Breeding: Z. marina is an angiosperm.  It has flowers that can be fertilized by the gametes of the same plant or by another, introducing genetic variety into the population.

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