Estuarine Pond Weed

Estuarine Pondweed, Tassel Pondweed or Ditch Grass

Latin Name
Ruppia maritima

The Pondweed is prolific at the heads of estuaries. It is submerged and forms dense mats that are cursed by boatmen because of the damage they cause to propellers.

Stems and leaves thin, grass-like and tangled. Flower stalk short and straight. Size: 1 m long, 1 mm wide.

Related species
Ruppia cirrhosa: flower stalk coiled.
Potamogeton pectinatus: flowers clustered on a spike.

Field Notes
The Pondweed is not a marine plant despite its species name, but it is rather a fresh water plant that tolerates salt water.
The plant usually self pollinates but it can be pollinated by pollen that floats on the water after been released by the flower.
The fruits of the Pondweed are dispersed by fish and water fowl that feed on them but the plant can also sprout from its rhizomes and form colonies.

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