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Taxonomic Details for Spartina alterniflora

Systematic Resumé:
SpeciesSpartina alterniflora
Common Name: smooth cordgrass, Atlantic cordgrass, saltmarsh cordgrass
Authority: Loisel.
ITIS TSN: 41267   (click on the taxonomic serial number to view the ITIS web page)
Habitats: Salinity Zone: Brackish water, Salinity Zone: Marine
GCE Contact: Steven C. Pennings, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

GCE Data Sets:

PLT-GCED-2106 (Monthly Spartina alterniflora marsh vegetation data for additional sites along the Georgia coast used in the Belowground Ecosystem Resiliency Model)

PLT-GCES-1609c (Long-term Plant Biomass Monitoring Data from Altamaha River Plant Transition Sites near the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project on Sapelo Island, Georgia)

PLT-GCEM-2011b (Fall 2020 plant monitoring survey -- biomass calculated from shoot height and flowering status of plants in permanent plots at GCE sampling sites 1-10)

PLT-GCEM-2011 (Plant allometry at GCE sampling sites 1-10 in October between 2002 and 2020.)

PLT-GCEM-2011a (Fall 2020 plant monitoring survey -- shoot height and flowering status of plants in permanent plots at GCE sampling sites 1-10)

(view all 92 relevant data sets in the GCE Data Catalog)

Spartina alterniflora
Spartina alterniflora flower spike

Spartina alterniflora
Stand of medium-height Spartina alterniflora. Plants may be > 2 m tall along creekbanks and only 20 cm tall on the marsh platform. Photo Steven Pennings

Spartina alterniflora
Spartina alterniflora specimen from UGAMI herbarium. Photo Steven Pennings.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.