Marsh Plants. Objectives. Be aware of the different types of marshes Understand the stressors of a salt marsh Understand the ecological role of the marsh Understand how SAV is adapted to living in an aquatic community Have a general understanding of the role of sea grasses.
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Plants that have adapted to these conditions have the narrow edge of land between the low and high water mark to themselves.
Spartina spp.: dominant in the lower ends of the Bay
Spartina alterniflora- saltmarsh cord grass in the low marsh
a.) One method that Spartina spp. use is to remove the salt via salt glands - a group of cells that collect and pump salt out onto the surface of the plant. Then the rain and tides wash the salt off the plant.
a.) Other marsh plants deal with the potentially harmful salt in their cells by taking up water to dilute the salt content.
b.) seen in plants that have succulent leaves and stems