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common cordgrass
Spartina anglica C.E. Hubbard

Overview

Appearance
Spartina anglica is a perennial rhizomatous grass that can grow from 11.8-51.2 in. (30-130 cm) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are 13.8-17.7 in. (35-45 cm) long, linear, flat, smooth, firm, green-grey in color with a fine apex, pointed tips, and entire margins. Where the leaf meets the sheath is a dense row of hair.
Flowers
Inflorescence is 4.7-15.7 in. (12-40 cm) long with 2-12 spikes that are 5.5-8.3 in. (14-21 cm) long. Flowers are colorless. Flowering periods vary based on the different climates of the plant’s location.
Fruit
Seeds are 0.6-0.8 in. (1.5-2 cm) long. Dozens are made by each flower head and are spread by the wind and tide. S. anglica can also spread through underground stems.
Ecological Threat
Spartina anglica can be found in mudflats, channels, marshes, and even in meadows. It is native to northern Europe.

Selected Images


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common cordgrass
Spartina anglica
Twig(s)/Shoot(s)
Joseph M. DiTomaso
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common cordgrass
Spartina anglica
Stem(s)
Joseph M. DiTomaso

Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Spartina

Other System Links

Plants: SPAN5
GRIN: 416235
ITIS: 505302
NPDN Pest: PCACXBG

Categories

Category: Grass or Grasslike