common cordgrass USDA PLANTS Symbol: SPAN5
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Grass or Grasslike
Spartina anglica C.E. Hubbard

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Taxonomic Rank: Liliopsida: Cyperales: Poaceae

Appearance
Spartina anglica is a perennial rhizomatous grass that can grow from 11.8-51.2 in. (30-130 cm) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are 13.8-17.7 in. (35-45 cm) long, linear, flat, smooth, firm, green-grey in color with a fine apex, pointed tips, and entire margins. Where the leaf meets the sheath is a dense row of hair.
Flowers
Inflorescence is 4.7-15.7 in. (12-40 cm) long with 2-12 spikes that are 5.5-8.3 in. (14-21 cm) long. Flowers are colorless. Flowering periods vary based on the different climates of the plant’s location.
Fruit
Seeds are 0.6-0.8 in. (1.5-2 cm) long. Dozens are made by each flower head and are spread by the wind and tide. S. anglica can also spread through underground stems.
Ecological Threat
Spartina anglica can be found in mudflats, channels, marshes, and even in meadows. It is native to northern Europe.

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Twig(s)/Shoot(s); Newly emerging shoot of common cordgrass
Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org
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Stem(s); collar and sheath.
Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.


Invasive Listing Sources:
California Invasive Plant Council
Faith Campbell, 1998
Pacific Northwest Exotic Pest Plant Council, 1998