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Taxonomic Details for Spartina patens

Systematic Resumé:
SpeciesSpartina patens
Common Name: saltmeadow cordgrass, marshhay cordgrass, salt meadow cordgrass
Authority: (Aiton) Muhl.
ITIS TSN: 41271   (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-GCET-1508 (Geographic coordinates, soil properties, plant species composition and vegetation survey data in the study on tidal marshes of the Ogeechee, Altamaha and Satilla estuaries in Georgia, USA)

MLT-GCED-0811 (Vegetation and invertebrate communities in 500 plots in the Duplin and Dean Creek watersheds: ground truth data for matching hyperspectral imagery)

PLT-GCET-0802a (Plant community surveys along transects at multiple sites on Sapelo Island and St. Simons Island in Georgia during June and July 2005)

PLT-GCET-0711 (Plant richness survey of mainland and barrier island locations along the Texas Gulf Coast in April and May 2005)

PLT-GCES-0706 (Summer 2007 survey of plant presence and abundance at fifty-five GCE LTER Hammock sites and five GCE marsh monitoring sites)

(view all 6 relevant data sets in the GCE Data Catalog)

Spartina patens
Spartina patens flower (in Virginia). Photo Steven Pennings

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Spartina patens specimen from the UGAMI herbarium. Photo Steven Pennings

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Spartina patens flower. Sapelo Island, 2016. Photo Steve Pennings

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Stand of Spartina patens on Sapelo Island, 2016. Photo Steven Pennings

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Spartina patens forms large zones in high-latitude Atlantic Coast salt marshes, but is rare in the salt marshes of Georgia. Photograph (from Virginia) by 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.