Thalassia testudinum Turtle Grass

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Thalassia testudinum Turtle Grass

Kingdom: PLANTAE
Division: ANTHOPHYTA
Class: MONOCOTYLEDONEAE
Order: HELOBIAE
Family: HYDROCHARITACEAE
Genus: Thalassia
Species: testudinum

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

  • Leaves are flat and linear (strap-like)
  • Leaf blades are 10- 12 mm long and 4. 5- 10 mm wide
  • Rhizomes are scaly
HABITAT
  • Commonly occurs in subtidal waters from low tide to 10 m deep
  • In clear water the species is found in water up to 30 m deep
  • Prefers mud and/or mud substrates in relatively sheltered locations
DISTRIBUTION
  • Distributed in the tropical western Atlantic from Venezuela to eastern Florida and Bermuda


Image Credit: Ronald C. Phillips



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