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Syringodium filiforme manatee grass

Kingdom: PLANTAE
Division: ANTHOPHYTA
Class: MONOCOTYLEDONEAE
Order: HELOBIAE
Family: POTAMOGETONACEAE
Genus: Syringodium
Species: filiforme

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

  • Leaves are terete
  • Leaf blades are 10- 30 cm long and 0.8- 2 mm wide
  • Leaves have 2 pericentral veins
HABITAT
  • Restricted to the subtidal zones and thrives at 0.7- 0. 5 m deep
  • Often occurs in mixed meadows with Thalassia testudinum
  • May form monospecific meadows down to 18 m deep
DISTRIBUTION
  • Distributed in the western tropical Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, eastern Florida, and Bermuda


Image Credit: Drawing reprinted with permission from: Phillips, R.C. and E.G. Menez. 1998. Seagrasses. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington D.C.



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