The Bay Program recently set sediment reduction goals aimed at protecting the Chesapeake’s submerged aquatic vegetation as well as restoration goals for increasing the acreage of these underwater meadows.
There are at least 16 species of SAV in the Bay. Eight are featured in this puzzle. Can you match up the species with its description (uppercase letters) and illustration (lowercase)?
1. Common Waterweed
4. Horned Pondweed
5. Redhead Grass
6. Water Stargrass
7. Widgeon Grass
8. Wild Celery
A. This plant grows in fresh to slightly brackish water. Its stiff, flattened leaves are forked with teeth on one side. It also has no true roots.
B. This plant grows in fresh to brackish water. A light green stripe runs down the center of its ribbonlike leaves. It also has tiny, white flowers.
C. This plant grows in fresh to moderately brackish water. Its broad, oval leaves clasp the stem. It also has clusters of tiny flowers.
D. This freshwater plant has yellow, star-shaped flowers. The base of each of its alternating leaves wraps around the stem.
E. This plant grows in fresh to slightly brackish water. Its leaves are linear or oval-shaped and have tiny teeth along the edges.
F. This plant grows in fresh to moderately brackish water. It is usually the first species to appear in the spring and dies back in the summer. It gets its name from its oddly shaped fruits.
G. This saltwater plant has long, ribbon-like leaves that occur along the joints of the stem. It has a thick, creeping rhizome.
H. This plant grows in mildly brackish to salty water. Its immature flowers are enclosed in a sheath at the base of the leaf, while mature flowers are raised on a stalk. It has oval-shaped fruit.
1-E-a 2-A-c 3-G-b 4-F-d 5-C-g 6-D-f 7-H-h 8-B-e