Salt Grass

Distichlis spicata

Salt grass is in the grass family. Saltgrass attracts birds and butterflies. 7

By: Makyla (6th grade), Estrella (6th grade) and Misael (6th grade) from Albuquerque Sign Language Academy, 2019

Distichlis spicata is a species of grass known by several common names, including seashore saltgrass, inland saltgrass, and desert saltgrass. This grass is native to the Americas, where it is widespread. It can be found on other continents as well, where it is naturalized. It is extremely salt tolerant.

Saltgrass is found in Southwest, Southern, and Eastern states of America, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Maryland, and Hawaii.
Saltgrass is in the grass family. Saltgrass attracts birds and butterflies. The water has to be medium and it has to have sun light and the soil has to be wet for it to thrive. The color of saltgrass is often yellow and it sometimes looks like wheat. The saltgrass blooms in the months of April to October.

Saltgrass live on the soils, mountains, forests, woodlands, and desert scrubs. It grows in colonies, underwater and in mud. It is important food for ducks, geese, and the Florida Salt Marsh Vole are eating the dried seeds to control burning. Also, it protects the wetland restoration as a guard between the ocean and land from pollutants and other chemicals.
Salt grass helps people as a respiratory allergenic for medicines and for people who need a seasoning spice of salt on their foods.

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  1. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY), http://www.flickr.com/photos/18024068@N00/6490592843
  2. (c) dgreenberger, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/1118130
  3. (c) Alberto, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://conabio.inaturalist.org/photos/2181732
  4. (c) Lynn Sweet, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/26081919
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  6. (c) Andy Newman, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/3551413
  7. Adapted by smiller33 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distichlis_spicata

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