Halodule wrightii shoalgrass

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Halodule wrightii shoalgrass

Kingdom: PLANTAE
Division: ANTHOPHYTA
Class: MONOCOTYLEDONEAE
Order: HELOBIAE
Family: POTAMOGETONACEAE
Genus: Halodule
Species: wrightii

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

  • Leaf blades are 3.5- 32 cm long and 0.3- 2.2 mm wide
  • Leaf tip is truncate and bidendate at the edge of mature leaf tip
  • The leaves are clustered from a distinct node on the rhizome
  • 2- 5 roots and a leafy shoot emerge from each node
  • The roots are not branching
HABITAT
  • Grows in the lower intertidal and upper subtidal zones on sandy and muddy substrates in sheltered and exposed locations
  • Grows on coral reefs and in creeks in mangrove swamps
  • Found in waters up to 8- 12 m deep
DISTRIBUTION
  • Halodule is found in the Caribbean


Image Credit: Ronald C. Phillips



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