VASCULAR PLANTS OF UPPER NEWPORT BAY

ZOSTERACEAE
Submerged marine perennials with creeping rhizomes. Stems flattened, slender, simple or branched. Leaves in two rows, linear, sheathing at base. Plants monoecious or dioecious, the flowers arranged on 1 side of a flattened axis or spadix, at first enclosed in the leaf sheath; bracts lacking. Perianth absent or represented by a row of branchlike lobes on each side of the axis. Staminate flowers reduced to a single anther, arranged alternately in 2 rows on the spadix. Pistillate flower an ovary with 2 stigmas and 1 ovule. Fruit indehiscent or bursting irregularly. Seed without endosperm.

Family or 2 widely distributed genera. (Munz,
Flora So. Calif. 1013).

Upper Newport Bay species within the family:
EEL-GRASS FAMILY
Zostera marina #
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