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Perennial ( annual), submersed marine aquatic, rhizomed, glabrous; monoecious or dioecious.
Stem: flat, leafy, creeping or short with wide, thick base.
Leaf: alternate, 2-ranked or tufted, < 2 m; sheath open or closed; blade linear, ribbon-like, tip entire to notched; stipules 0.
Inflorescence: axillary or terminal spike, of limited distribution on plant, ± flat, enclosed by membranous, leaf-like bract in flower, also in fruit or not; flowers many, 2-rowed on 1 side of axis, each embedded in axis, enclosed by translucent, scale-like bract or not; peduncle not elongating.
Staminate flower: perianth 0; stamen 1, anther generally sessile, 2-chambered; pollen thread-like, < 2 mm.
Pistillate flower: perianth 0; ovary 1, chamber 1, ovule 1, style 1, stigmas 2.
Fruit: ± achene.
3 genera, ± 18 species: seacoasts, worldwide; some species, especially Zostera marina, source of food for marine animals, some aboriginal humans. [Haynes 2000 FNANM 22:90–94] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
1. Dioecious; attached by short, tuber-like rhizomes; to coastal, wave-swept rocks; leaves generally tufted on rhizomes at nodes; fruit beaked, base with 2 horn-like lobes ..... PHYLLOSPADIX
1' Monoecious; attached by long, slender, creeping rhizomes to bottoms of bays, estuaries, generally deep waters below wave action; leaves not tufted on rhizomes; fruit ± not beaked, base ± truncate, unlobed ..... ZOSTERA
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