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Any of several perennial coastal grasses of the genus Spartina, some of which form colonies in salt marshes.
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(Plants) a coarse perennial grass of the genus Spartina, characteristically growing in mud or marsh. Also called: rice grass
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(ˈkɔrdˌgræs, -ˈgrɑs)

any of several grasses of the genus Spartina, of coastal wetlands.
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Noun1.cordgrass - any of several perennial grasses of the genus Spartina; some important as coastal soil binders
grass - narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
genus Spartina, Spartina - grass of freshwater swamps and salt marshes of Europe, Africa, America, and South Atlantic islands
salt reed grass, Spartina cynosuroides - tall reedlike grass common in salt meadows
freshwater cordgrass, prairie cordgrass, slough grass, Spartina pectinmata - North American cordgrass having leaves with dry membranous margins and glumes with long awns
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Effect of saltmarsh cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora, invasion stage on Cerithidea cingulata (Caenogastropoda: Potamididae) distribution: a case study from a tidal flat of Western Pacific Ocean, China.
(smooth cordgrass) was widely recognized as one of the most aggressive invaders of estuaries and salt marshes around the world [7].
Joshi R, Ramanarao MV, Baisakh N (2013) Arabidopsis plants constitutively overexpressing a myo-inositol 1 phosphate synthase gene (SaINOl) from the halophyte smooth cordgrass exhibits enhanced level of tolerance to salt stress.
Prairie cordgrass Spartina pectinata Bosc ex Link Western wheatgrass Pascopyrum smithii (Rydb.) aA.
Tinker sat at heel on the bow of my 20-foot Jones Brothers Bateau, watching the cordgrass intently for any sign of movement.
A row of rooms and a small office with a crisp US flag fluttering from an eave faced a narrow, too-steep beach, half of it dirt riddled with sea oats, cordgrass and beach morning glory, half sand.
granulata inhabit almost all zones of the intertidal, the soft bare sediments flats and areas with the cordgrass Spartina densiflora, Spartina alterniflora and Sarcocornia perennis (formerly known as Salicornia ambigua) (Botto et al., 2005; Bortolus, 2006).
Rapid shoreward encroachment of salt marsh cordgrass in response to accelerated sea-level rise.
Salt marshes are typically delineated by tidal range and the dominance of saline-tolerant plants such as the different types of cordgrasses. In the Bay of Fundy of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Smooth Cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora), with its capacity to tolerate regular twice-daily submersion, dominates the low marsh.
All inshore coastline poses significant challenges for detection of and responses to stranded animals; the expansive estuary system has many remote areas and much of the shoreline consists of cordgrass (Spartina spp.) where carcasses may not be detected.
By contrast, PSI complex machinery might be envisioned to support the damaged PSII and maintain NADPH pool in 100 [micro]M As treated plants as observed in As-tolerant cordgrass Spartina densiflora [65] and Ricinus communis [66].