Empire – Eukaryota
Kingdom – Plantae
Sub Kingdom – Viridaeplantae
Phylum – Magnoliophyta
Class – Monocots
Order - Potamogetonales
Family – Cymodoceaceae
Genus – Phyllospadix
Species – iwatensis
This sight highlights the species P. scouleri
Hooker, W.J. Phyllospadix. AlgaeBase. May 13, 2009. <http://www.algaebase.org/browse/taxonomy/?id=7300>.
Three Pacific Northwest Species
The leaf blades of P. serrulatus tend to have 5-7 veins running verticle along the blade. The leaf blade is also uneven on the edges . This species can be found along the pacific coast from Alaska to Washington (Adams 2006).
The leaf blades of P. scouleri tend to have 3 veins running verticle along the blade. The blade length of this species is no longer than 3ft. P. scouleri an be found on the pacific coast ranging from Alaska to California. Most pictures on this sight are P. scouleri unless otherwise noted (Adams 2006).
The leaf blade of P. torreyi is skinny and only 2 mm wide. This species can be found on he pacific coast ranging from Southern Vancouver Island to Baja Peninsula. P. torreyi leaf blades can reach up to 10ft long (Adams 2006)
Adams, Mary Jo. Intertidal Organisms EZ-ID guides. 9/12/2006. Washington State University. May 13, 2009. <http://beachwatchers.wsu.edu/ezidweb/seagrasses/Phyllospadix.htm>.