- Cape Eelgrass
- Latin Name
- Zostera capensis
- Eelgrass is an estuarine species that binds the sediment, shelters small fish, and yields detrital food.
- Eel Grass has creeping roots and narrow flat leaves with rounded tips. The blades are 10 - 30 cm long and 1 mm wide.
- Related species
- Halodule uninervis (estuarine, St Lucia northwards) is similar, but its leaves have three-pointed tips. Three Cymodocea species (common in calm tropical waters), have strap-like leaves 10 - 15 mm wide.
- Field Notes
- Eelgrass is an important species in tidal estuaries where it provides food and shelter for a number of species of fish and invertebrates.