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Halophila decipiens

Halophila decipiens Ostenf.

Caribbean Sea-grass, Caribbean Seagrass, Paddle Grass

Hydrocharitaceae (Tape-grass family)


USDA Symbol: HADE5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Erect stems absent, submersed leaves attached to rhizome, flowers submersed.
Fruit: Berrylike.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Dec
Bloom Notes: Petals absent, submersed flowers inconspicuous.


Native Habitat: Sandy substrates of marine waters.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Halophila decipiens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Halophila decipiens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Halophila decipiens


Record Modified: 2020-11-02
Research By: CBR

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