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Spartina flora and Spartina alternaflora
One lasting lesson I learned from environmental education at Antioch New England was how to tell the regular high tide zone from the "spring" tidal zone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide (Wiki's description of the tides The grass closest to us is Spartina Patens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartina_pa... ... "you can pat it " (this is a trick to help kids but I cling to it) and it is only subjected to the highest of tides (Spring tides). The spikier grass is Spartina Alterniflora: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartina_al... and it can tolerate the repetitive flooding of the regular tides. The poofy plant in the foreground is Seaside goldenrod which can handle an occasional salt water flooding.
Salt marshes on the east coast.