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Key to Spartina

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(For a list of species in Spartina, use the above link.)

Jepson Manual glossary definitions can be seen by moving your cursor over words underlined with dots.

1. Stem 5–14 mm wide at base,  fleshy; middle  blades generally flat when fresh or inrolled near tip, 4–25 mm wide at base;  present; coastal

2. Inflorescence ± openspikes loosely overlapping, loosely  or  (to 10°–20°) ..... S. alterniflora

2' Inflorescence dense, spikes closely overlapping, generally closely appressed ..... S. foliosa

1' Stem 1.5–6 mm wide at base, internodes firm; middle leaf blades generally inrolled when fresh, 1–8 mm wide at base; rhizome sometimes 0; coastal or interior

3. Inflorescence open, spikes  to spreading (to ± 60°), lowest often not overlapping; coastal ..... S. patens

3' Inflorescence compact, spikes appressed, overlapping

4. Rhizome generally 0 (rarely present, short, stout); coastal ..... S. densiflora

4' Rhizome present, elongate, slender; interior ..... S. gracilis



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