- Oval-leafed Saltweed, Spoon Seagrass or Paddle Grass
- Latin Name
- Halophila ovalis
- Oval-leafed Saltweed is found on the lower parts of waterlogged intertidal sandbanks in estuaries, particularly where the water is brackish (halophila, 'salt-lover').
- Seagrass or Saltweed develops from underground creeping rhizomes that bear slender upright stalks, each with a single, flat, oval leaf reaching 40 mm in size.
- Field Notes
- Halophila ovalis is found in tropical and temperate waters on the coasts across much of the world where it grows in inter-tidal zones and up to depths of 12 meters.
The plant is an important feed for the Dugong and is one of the premier pioneer species in disturbed areas.