Zostera capricorni Asch.

Sber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berl. 1867: 11 (1876) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Roots in 2 distinct groups of 4–8 at each node. Leaf sheath 1–12 cm long, persistent as scaly mass. Leaves 2–6 per shoot, 5–40 cm long, 1.5–4.5 mm wide; apex truncate; longitudinal veins 3 or 5. Generative branches 10–50 cm long, with numerous spathes. Spadix linear to spathulate; with 7–10 broadly triangular bracts, each enclosing an anther. Flowers and fruits Aug.–Feb.

Occurs in shallow coastal waters to a dept of c. 5 m, on mud and sand.

This species closely resembles Zostera muelleri, differing from it in having leaves with a truncate apex and 3 or 5 longitudinal veins (the lateral ones on either side of the central vein well-spaced from the marginal veins). It occurs from tropical Qld to near the the NSW-Vic. border. See note under Z. muelleri.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-08-05
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
family Zosteraceae
genus Zostera
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