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salt marsh grasses

Spartina flora and Spartina alternaflora

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Salt marshes on the east coast.

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galewhale..Gale
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galewhale..Gale

Maine, USA

Spotted on Oct 24, 2011
Submitted on Nov 12, 2011

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