Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany
Phyllospadix

**A Pacific Seagrass**

Verde que te quiero verde. Verde viento. Verdes ramas.

El barco sobre la mar y el caballo en la montaña.

Con la sombra en la cintura ella sueña en la baranda, verde carne, pelo verde, con ojos de fría plata.

-Federico García Lorca. Romance Sonámbulo.(a fragment)

For an English translation

surf grass

The delights of surf grass:

Phyllospadix: A Marine Angiosperm. If you walk along the Monterey Bay coast line in California at low tide, you will see emerald grass covering the granite rocks where the waves are crashing, like mermaids' long green tressels combed by the water. Although seagrasses fluorish in the aquatic realm of the ALGAE, they are true PLANTS that have several unique characteristics that distinguish them from terrestrial vascular plants. Of the sea grasses, Phyllospadix, commonly known as surf-grass, is unique because it is the only flowering plant genus that grows predominantly on rocks in the littoral zone exposed to the most violent surf.

TAXONOMY Angiosperm, Division Magnoliophyta, Family Potamogetonaceae, SubFamily Zosteroideae (eel-grass family), Order Helobiae


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Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009