Observations in the Family: Zosteraceae

Common Name: Seegrasses

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Zostera in Mlalazi Estuary

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Location: Mlalazi Estuary
Observed: 11th November 2014
Added: 11th November 2014
Identifications:1
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Beds of the submerged macrophyte, Zostera capensis were recorded in the Mlalazi Estuary by Ward in Feb and August 1962 by Hill in 1966 (Herbarium specimens). There have been no records since then. This observation shows that it still occurs in the estuary. Where it is growing is still unknown - these specimens are from segments washed up on the shoreline.

Found washed up on the shore after a particularly windy period. Also after a prolonged period of salinity close to that of sea water.
15 Nov. I have now found it growing about 1.8 km in from the mouth - and added a photo.

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Zostera - sea grass

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Location: Kosi Estuary mouth
Observed: 22nd October 2014
Added: 9th November 2014
Likely ID: Zostera capensis
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Description:

Small stand in the lower intertidal/sub-tidal zone. Covered in algae. Frond lengths about 10 to 15 cm

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Sea grass - Zostera

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Location: Mhlathuze Estuary - Richards Bay
Observed: 29th May 2014
Added: 29th May 2014
Likely ID: Zostera capensis
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Wrack washed up on edge of mangroves

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Pondoland day3 (63)

Pondoland day3 (63)
By: Karen
Botanical Society of South Africa A-team
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Location: ZA
Observed: 23rd September 2013
Added: 30th September 2013
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:1
Description:

This single rock covered with a variety of plants but it's the grass-like growth in the sand that interests us. Anyone have any ideas?

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Zostera capensis

Zostera capensis
By: Nicky vB
Botanical Society of South AfricaCustodians of Rare and Endangered WildflowersMountain Club of SA (South Cape)OutrampsSucculent Society of South Africa
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Location: Leisure Isle
Observed: 1st April 2012
Added: 11th April 2012
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Plant has creeping roots which binds the sediment, shelters small fish and yields detrital food.

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