beach grass


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beach grass

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marram grass

(mâr`əm), any species of the genus Ammophila, perennial grasses used to control the shifting of sand dunes, thereby protecting sandy coastal areas. The European beach grass (A. arenaria) has been used to hold dunes in Europe and was early planted at Cape Cod to bind the sands; later it was used at Golden Gate Park and elsewhere in the United States. The American beach grass (A. breviligulata) is native to dunes of the Great Lakes and much of the eastern seacoast. Beach grasses have creeping rootstocks that rapidly form an extensive root system. Beach grasses are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Cyperales, family Gramineae.
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European beach grass, now dominating a thousand-mile coast, was introduced to stabilize dunes.
When he spotted my cruiser he immediately crouched down and attempted to hide behind a patch of beach grass next to the guardrail," Officer Danziger wrote.
Sometimes low-lying mosses, red-berried kinnikinnick and beach grass line wide expanses of sandy trail.
Environmental tours for the public and media will take place in the morning and will include presentations on the planting of beach grass, shoreline erosion control, water quality monitoring and testing soil for nitrogen.
When police approached him, he tried to hide in the beach grass near the dunes.
They'll dismantle the staging area on the foredune across the beach from the wreck and replant beach grass displaced during the three-month-long project.
Most of the pale green grass seen throughout the dunes is European beach grass, introduced around 1910 in Coos Bay to stabilize dunes at the mouths of navigable rivers.
He changed the actual face of the dunes during his time with the federal Soil Conservation Service in the 1950s, after discovering the power of European beach grass to stabilize sand that was smothering houses and roads.
6-mile walk through hummocks of beach grass and past windswept cypress brings you to curving Shell Beach.
FLORENCE - The Siuslaw National Forest had its first wildland fire of the season when a half-acre of beach grass and shore pines burned Wednesday night through early Thursday near the South Jetty close to Florence.
In windy weather, you can find sheltered hiking through high beach grass in the dunes.
Bandon Trail's 6,849-yard layout ends with holes tucked among sand dunes covered with gorse and beach grass, not unlike many of the holes at the two older courses.