Eelgrass

Eelgrass_jpgIn the past Eelgrass was used for packing, upholstery stuffing and insulation.  Because of its high silicon content, Eelgrass is non-flammable.  When compressed and dried, it becomes loosely-matted with many air spaces giving it excellent insulation and sound proofing properties.  Radio City and Rockefeller Center in New York were built with this material.

OtherCommonName:

Seagrass, Wrack

ScientificName:

Zostera marina

Community:

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

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Distribution:

Throughout the coastal plain coast strip and tidewaters in NJ

FloweringTime:

Late May to late July

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Ribbon-like leaves occurring singularly and alternately ~ tips of leaves are rounded ~ rhizomes ~ extensive roots