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Illustration: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 192.
What is Coastal Waterhyssop?
- 4-5 petals
- Slender peduncles
- Often tinged with blue or pink
- Sepals small, oval-shaped and shiny
- 5 lobes
- Many branches
- Branches 3 15/16-11 13/16 inches long
- Rooting at the nodes
Where Does It Grow?
Coastal waterhyssop can be found in fresh and brackish waters.
Pros and Cons of Coastal Waterhyssop
Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.