South Carolina is home to some of the finest salt estuaries in North America. According to the South Carolina DNR “One plant, smooth cord grass (Spartina alterniflora), dominates the regularly flooded low marsh. Smooth cord grass is the most abundant salt marsh plant in South Carolina and is responsible for much of the marsh’s productivity. Spartina‘s successful adaptations enable it to live where few other plants could survive. It has narrow, tough blades and special glands that secrete excess salt, making it ideal to withstand the high heat and daily exposure to salt water. Few animals eat this plant, but many animals and plants live on it or on the marsh surface protected by its roots and stalks. Spartina stalks are thick and are very tough and well anchored by a root system.”
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