Zostera L.

Bandeira, S.O. (2009) Zosteraceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the genus

Submerged marine plants; rhizome matted, orange-brown, creeping, compressed, rooting at the nodes; erect stems annual, compressed, sterile stems short arising from the axils of rhizomatous leaves, the floriferous stems terminal or lateral, longer than the sterile stems, branched. Leaves distichous, linear; leaf-sheath compressed, membranous, persisting longer than the leaf- blades; leaf-blade linear, margins entire or somewhat denticulate distally. Inflorescence terminal or lateral, forming erect annual branches, each terminating in a fertile leaf with the sheath containing a sessile, flattened, linear spadix. Flowers in two lines of alternating staminate and pistillate flowers on one surface of spadix. Fruit membranous, cylindric to ovoid, 1-seeded, indehiscent or irregularly dehiscent. Seed ellipsoid or ovoid, smooth or ribbed.

Worldwide: 11 species in warm temperate seas.

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
capensis Setch.[VU]N,M

Other sources of information about Zostera:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Zostera
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Zostera
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Zostera
Wikipedia: Zostera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Zostera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Zostera

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Zostera.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2353, retrieved 23 May 2022

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