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Taxon: Zostera marina L.

Genus: Zostera
Family: Zosteraceae
Nomen number: 100967
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:968. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 07-Nov-1985 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 23-Aug-1994
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

Economic importance:

  • Materials: fiber   (leaves used for stuffing mattresses, etc., and for packing fide F USSR; Pl Book)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northern Africa: Algeria [n.]; Morocco
    Western Asia: Egypt - Sinai; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Kamchatka, Khabarovsk, Magadan, Primorye, Sakhalin
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Belgium; Germany; Netherlands; Poland
    East Europe: Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Montenegro; Romania; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Subarctic America: Canada - Yukon Territory [s.w.]; United States - Alaska
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario [n.e.], Prince Edward Island, Quebec
    Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia [w.]
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Oregon [w.], Washington [w.]
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia [e.]
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja Norte, Baja Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora



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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (10 October 2015)

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