Widgeon Grass

Widgeon_Grass_jpgWidgeon Grass is highly valued as a food source for many species of ducks, geese, swans, marsh and shorebirds.  The Widgeon duck is named for its copious consumption of this grass.

OtherCommonName:

Tassel Pondweed, Sea or Ditch Grass

ScientificName:

Ruppla maritima

Community:

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

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FruitingTime:

Mid June to October

Distribution:

Throughout coastal stripe and tidal rivers in NJ

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IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Thread-like leaves, alternate on slender branching stems ~ extensive root system, rhizomes ~ common on sandy substrate