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Re: which are the characteristic structures of Posidonia oceanica?

Date: Wed Mar 21 23:23:23 2001
Posted By: David Hershey, Faculty, Botany, NA
Area of science: Botany
ID: 985216995.Bt

When you have the scientific name of a plant, you should easily find 
information on it with internet search engines, such as 

Posidonia oceanica or neptunegrass is a type of seagrass. It is an 
important native flowering plant forming vast underwater meadows in the 
Mediterranean Sea. It provides habitat, oxygen, and food for many other 
organisms. It can grow at a water depth of up to 40 meters. It is endangered by 
pollution, construction, drag netting, and an introduced algae, Caulerpa 
taxifolia. Neptunegrass has rhizomes, roots, ribbonlike leaves up to 1.5 
meters long, and ball-like fruit. Its fruit and leaves often wash up on 
beaches. The fruit have air spaces allowing them to float. 


Natural habitat (Posidonia oceanica L. Del.)

Neptunegrass (Posidonia oceanica)

Posidonia oceanica Simulation

Posidonia oceanica photo

Posidonia oceanica fruit "balls"

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