Cape Eelgrass

Cape Eelgrass


Name
Cape Eelgrass
Latin Name
Zostera capensis
Habitat
Estuarine; binds the sediment, shelters small fish, and yields detrital food.

Description
Creeping roots. Leaves narrow, flat; tips rounded, faintly notched. Blades 10 - 30 cm, 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.



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