Species Factsheet

Halophila stipulacea


Complete name: Halophila stipulacea (Forsskal, 1775) Ascherson
Taxonomy: Magnoliophyta » Magnoliophyta » Liliopsida » Alismatales » Hydrocharitaceae » Halophila stipulacea
Authors: B. S. Galil
Last updated: November 5th, 2006

Common Names

Halophila seagrass.


Halophila stipulacea (Forsskal) Ascherson
Zostera stipulacea Forsskål, 1775

Short Description

A euryhaline marine angiosperm (seagrass). Plants are dioecious with male and female flowers produced at each leaf node. Rhizomes are creeping, branched and fleshy, and roots appear solitary at each node of the rhizome, unbranched and thick with dense soft root hairs. Pairs of leaves are distributed on petioles along a rhizome, rooted in the sand. Leaves from 3 - 8 mm wide, obovate, not narrowing at base, thin and hairy; margin spinulose. Petiole 3 - 15 mm long.