Native Range: Newfoundland to lower St. Lawrence R., Que, s. to NJ; Locally naturalized in w Europe (Fernald 1950) Appearance Spartina alterniflora is a perennial grass that expands via underground rhizomes. This paper. Spartina alterniflora (Smooth Cordgrass) is a species of marsh grass native to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, where it is considered a valuable plant making important contributions to the coastal ecology: Its dense growth provides protection against storm surge and “erosion control along shorelines, canal banks, levees, and other areas of… Plants rhizomatous; rhizomes elongate, flaccid, white, scales inflated, not or only slightly imbricate. At Elders Point East the S. alterniflora upper limit and lower limit of the growth range in relation to Mean High Water (MHW) were 0.45 m and -0.32 m, respectively (Growth range … BASIONYM: Spartina glabra Muhlenberg ex Elliott 1816; Dactylis maritima Walter 1788, non Curtis 1787. It thrives in mucky soil in full sun. The velocity zone, where 3 foot waves are expected in storms, is seaward of the MHW as shown on the plan. GREAT ISLAND, WELLFLEET . 0000004635 00000 n 2004). The leaves lack auricles and have ligules (1-2 mm) that consist of a fringe of hairs. Glumes straight, sides usually glabrous, sometimes pilose near the base or appressed pubescent, hairs to 0.3 mm; lower glumes 4-10 mm, acute; upper glumes 8-14 mm, keels glabrous, lateral veins not present, apices acuminate to obtuse, occasionally apiculate; lemmas glabrous or sparsely pilose, apices usually acuminate; paleas slightly exceeding the lemmas, thin, papery, apices obtuse or rounded; anthers 3-6 mm. Download with Google Download with Facebook. We sampled vegetative and reproductive traits in the field at 20 sites over 20° latitude in China (invasive range) and 28 sites over 17° in … 2007; Hughes 2014), consistent with local adaptation. You can change the display of the base map and layers by clicking on the layer control box in the upper right-hand corner. ,l0\t8��tICCơ6��=8�z4�\�ڌ$�79��F�_q ���YI�HB)c���EG�=@���ȟ�%�X,����h�:A(BX�P!�����X�7�0]`S���`��4#dǵˌ�+,x/,�r�mPgx�x�y�_��pC ��R��o��8� m��hk� [ 6d`ԝ���W���֖1^��$ ς��� �f� � )AN • 0000001457 00000 n trailer and Labr. 3. Chinese mangrove ecosystems are vulnerable to the invasive species Spartina alterniflora (a perennial herb), which is native to North America and was introduced to China in 1979 to accelerate the deposition and stabilization of tidal flats [].In the past few decades, Spartina alterniflora has become one of the dominant species in the coastal wetlands in China due to its unique … Geographic subdivisions for Spartina alterniflora: CCo (San Francisco Bay) MAP CONTROLS 1. Shoreline protection may be characterized as “hard,” such as rock revetments, or “soft,” Create a free account to download. Exposure to salt water is not a requirement for this species, but it will help produce healthier and longer living colonies. 10 Zhenming Ge. However, the assembly processes and co … THE GUT, WELLFLEET . Spartina alterniflora is now a major weed problem in southeastern China (Normile 2004). A positive correlation between MTR and elevational growth range (r=0.91) demonstrated that the Spartina alterniflora zone expands with increasing tidal amplitude. Atlantic cordgrass. It thrives in mucky soil in full sun. Spartina alterniflora is the dominant grass species found in coastal wetlands and along tidal shorelines of the eastern US. 0 Figure 4. In the native range of the salt marsh grass Spartina alterniflorain the United States, soil nematode genus richness and diversity decreased with increasing latitude, with genus richness at lower latitudes being almost twice that at higher latitudes. Normile, D. 2004. 0000007319 00000 n xref 0000025563 00000 n 0000008076 00000 n 2n = 62. Figure 3. Conn., N.J., N.Y., Wash., Del., Fla., N.H., Tex., La., N.C., S.C., Ala., Miss., R.I., Va., Calif., Ga., N.B., Nfld. Flowering panicle made of many spikes, List of Figures . In addition, it has become established on the west coast of North America, and in England and southeastern France. 0000004598 00000 n When introduced this species can have a negative effect on native species including some endangered. SPECIES: Spartina alterniflora GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : Smooth cordgrass is found along the eastern seaboard of North America from Newfoundland and Quebec to northern Florida, and in the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to southern Texas [ 24 , 27 ]. smooth cordgrass. Differences in MTR among marsh locations accounted for 70 and 68% of the statistical variation in the upper and lower limits, respectively, of S. alterniflora growth. or. Culms (stems): Stems range in height from 60-250 cm (30-120 cm S. foliosa). %%EOF S. alternifloracan spread vegetatively via under-ground rhizome expansion of individual clones, or it can reproduce sexually via wind-dispersed pollen. Locations of drift card release sites … Culms are 7-12 mm wide at the base. It ranges from 2 to 7 feet tall and has leaf blades that are … The native range of S.alterniflora, from Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico to Nova Scotia in North America, has a broad spectrum of abiotic conditions of temperature, growing degree Culms to 250 cm tall, (0.3)5-15(20) mm thick, erect, solitary or in small clumps, succulent, glabrous, having an unpleasant, sulphurous odor when fresh. Status Stable Smooth cordgrass is a native perennial grass with flat, blade-like leaves. We examined trait differences and evolution across geographic clines among continents of the intertidal grass Spartina alterniflora within its invasive and native ranges. 0000005687 00000 n Spartina alterniflora var. Copyright for Volumes 24 and 25 is held by Utah State University. Delmarva Native Plants primarily grows Spartina alterniflora (smooth cordgrass), Spartina patens (salt meadow hay), and Distichlis spicata (spike grass) in 2″ plugs. <<5BBFF29AB3E31543A76073B1C2D79928>]>> 0000047827 00000 n • The fungal community became more homogenized with the invasion. 0000011514 00000 n Smooth cordgrass spreads rapidly by rhizomatous roots. glabra Spartina alterniflora Loiseleur-Deslongchamps, var. For an availability please contact us by phone or e-mail. Exotic Spartina alterniflora has become widely distributed along most of the coastlines in China in a wide range of inundation frequencies. Exposure to salt water is not a requirement for this species, but it will help produce healthier and longer living colonies. ), N.S., P.E.I., Que., Maine, Md., Mass., Oreg. The rhizomes and scales of S. alterniflora have large air spaces, presumably an adaptation to the anaerobic soils of its usual habitat. 0000001977 00000 n 0000009838 00000 n Alaska Spartina Plan . 0000001276 00000 n 0000003766 00000 n • Soil pH and salinity were the shaping factors in the fungal community structure. S. alterniflora rhizome fragment survival over time for Willapa Bay plants.....5 Figure 2. 264 0 obj <> endobj Spartina alterniflora commonly known as smooth cord grass is a species that inhabits marsh habitat in its native range, where introduced It is known to establish itself in wave-protected mud and sand flats and grow very quickly into dense impenetrable stands. Download Full PDF Package. Inflorescence: 10-40 cm long (9-25 cm S. foliosa) with dense colorless flowers. It hybridizes with S. maritima in Europe, with S. pectinata in Massachusetts, and with S. foliosa in California. 0000000892 00000 n 2004, Travis et al. By 2017, the width of S. alterniflora was 1.88 km, the length was 12.90 km and the area was 3,925 ha. Please see. • The fungal co-occurrence network was simplified with the invasion. Sheaths mostly glabrous, throat glabrous or minutely pilose, lower sheaths often wrinkled; ligules 1-2 mm; blades to 60 cm long, 3-25 mm wide, lower blades shorter than those above, usually flat basally, becoming involute distally, abaxial surfaces glabrous, adaxial surfaces glabrous or sparsely pilose, margins usually smooth, sometimes slightly scabrous, apices attenuate. Spartina alterniflora was introduced to the Yancheng coastal intertidal zone in 1979 (Xu et al., 1989), and a continuous area of S. alterniflora has formed since 2000. (Poaceae), native to the eastern United States, was introduced unintentionally into Japan (Aichi and Kumamoto Prefectures) at around 2010. One limitation of biogeographic studies of S. alterniflora within the native range is a lack of knowledge of geographic variation in reproductive biology. Spartina alterniflora which is identified on the plan as salt marsh. It grows in low-lying, salt and brackish tidal marshes along the shores of the middle and lower Chesapeake Bay. Spikelets 8-14 mm, straight, usually divergent, more or less equally imbricate on all the branches. Decaploid plants tend to be larger than octoploids, but they cannot be reliably distinguished without a chromosome count. Spartina alterniflora invasion significantly decreased soil fungal richness. S. alterniflora pollen has a relatively limited range (1 to 3 m), and the reproductive stems produce small seeds (2 to 5 mm) that are dispersed via the tides (Davis et al. In its native range, decomposed smooth cordgrass provides an important source of food for crabs and other invertebrates and cordgrass marshes are nursery grounds for juvenile fishes and blue crabs. alterniflora across the native range (Blum et al. Leaf sheaths of S. alterniflora and hybrids may be various shades of maroon at the base of the culms (white-green of S. foliosa). The leaf blades are 3 to 25 mm wide. 0000000016 00000 n Pure S. alterniflora grows within the lower elevational marsh zones in its native range but, in San Francisco Bay, its hybrids with S. foliosa grow both below and above the range of that species. (Labr. 1916. 0000003336 00000 n California county polygons can be turned off and on in the layer control box. The microcosm has a 38-cm spring tide range, with a neap to spring high tide difference of 9cm. Expanding trade with China creates ecological backlash. S. alterniflora is a rhizomatous perennial grass that grows initially in round, genetically similar, clumps ranging between 0.5-3m in height, eventually forming extensive monoculture meadows. 0000012223 00000 n 0000004879 00000 n Among invasive species, aquatic plants pose serious threats to local biodiversity and ecosystem functions. 0000006522 00000 n A process-based grid model for the simulation of range expansion of Spartina alterniflora on the coastal saltmarshes in the Yangtze Estuary. The tide on the Maine coast where samples were collected has a spring range of about 12 feet. This indicates that tidal range has been increasing within the bay at the same rate with sea-leave rise (3.9 mm yr-1) since 2007. 0000008900 00000 n 0000002370 00000 n 0000004129 00000 n Range. Spartina glabra A narrow, unvegetated patch separates Spartina patens and tall form Spartina alterniflora near the mouth of the Herring River. 264 29 Spartina alterniflora is found on muddy banks, usually of the intertidal zone, in eastern North and South America, but it is not known from Central America. endstream endobj 265 0 obj <>/Outlines 26 0 R/Metadata 55 0 R/PieceInfo<>>>/Pages 54 0 R/PageLayout/OneColumn/OCProperties<>/OCGs[266 0 R]>>/StructTreeRoot 57 0 R/Type/Catalog/LastModified(D:20080703103602)/PageLabels 52 0 R>> endobj 266 0 obj <. Additionally, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation service describes S. alternifloraas a grass with long hollow rhizomes. 0000005129 00000 n %PDF-1.4 %���� glabra (Muhlenberg ex Elliott) Fernald, Rhodora 18: 178. 0000005386 00000 n 0000005609 00000 n This narrow band stretches for approximately 0.25 miles. 0000010661 00000 n 2. Figure 1. Smooth cordgrass spreads rapidly by rhizomatous roots. This basic field guide illustrates the most common plants in Virginia’s tidal salt marshes where the salinity range startxref Spartina alterniflora is found on muddy banks, usually of the intertidal zone, in eastern North and South America, but it is not known from Central America. Spartina alterniflora is the dominant grass species found in coastal wetlands and along tidal shorelines of the eastern US. 0000002994 00000 n In addition, it has become established on the west coast of North America, and in England and southeastern France. It out-competes many of the native species in these habitats and frequently invades mud flats and channels, converting them to marshlands. S. alterniflora was established in the upper half of the neap range and S. patens in … Biological control using other natural enemy species from the native range of smooth cordgrass is an unlikely option in California because of the presence of the native California cordgrass (Spartina foliosa) which would also be impacted. Science 306:968-969, https://bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation/src/2e0870ddd59836b60bcf96646a41e87ea5a5943a/coarse grained fna xml/V25/V25 854.xml, Copyright is held by the Flora of North America Association for all volumes except Volumes 24 and 25 (Poaceae). This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. conditions, but generally will range from 24” to 72.” Colonies tend to grow parallel to and continuous along shorelines; the width and thickness of a vegetative colony is controlled by a number of site-specific conditions such as elevation, shoreline-slope, and frequency, depth, and duration of flooding. Spartina alterniflora is considered a serious threat to coastal ecosystems in Washington and California. x�b```b``�a`e`��� �� @16� +ux�x�xbrdf6 5t It is native to the eastern United States, but is considered invasive, in salt marshes, in … A patch of Spartina alterniflora stubble at Middle Meadow. Spartina alterniflora . 0000014917 00000 n 292 0 obj <>stream 0000001788 00000 n x�bb2d`b``Ń3� �� ��� The stems are hollow and hairless. 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