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Sporobolus anglicus (common cordgrass; Common cord grass; Rice grass; Townsends grass)

Synonyms: Spartina anglica; Spartina townsendii var. anglica

Wikipedia Abstract

Spartina anglica (Common Cord-grass) is a species of cordgrass that originated in southern England in about 1870 and is endemic as a native to Britain. It is an allotetraploid species derived from the hybrid Spartina × townsendii, which arose when the European native cordgrass Spartina maritima (Small Cordgrass) hybridised with the introduced American Spartina alterniflora (Smooth Cordgrass).
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Invasive Species

Spartina anglica is a perennial salt marsh grass which has been planted widely to stablize tidal mud flats. Its invasion and spread leads to the exclusion of native plant species and the reduction of suitable feeding habitat for wildfowl and waders.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-High
Flower Type [2]  Monoecious
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Pollinators [2]  Wind
Structure [4]  Grass
Usage [2]  The plants have an extensive root system and can be used for soil stabilization along rivers and marshes;
Height [2]  4.264 feet (1.3 m)
Light Preference [3]  Full Sun
Soil Acidity [3]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [3]  Intermediate
Soil Moisture [3]  Wet
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Protected Areas


Anthostomella torosa[5]
Buergenerula spartinae[5]
Leptosphaeria marina[5]
Lignincola laevis[5]
Prokelisia marginata[5]


North America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
4Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
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