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Wetland Plants – Extras

A detailed wetland plant identification guide can be found in PDF form at this website:

http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/wildlife/803.pdf

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A plant “buttress” allows more root area to be exposed to the air, helping the plant get oxygen. They also provide stability.

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Plant “knees” also help plants with roots otherwise submerged in water get oxygen.

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http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup/concepts-and-ideas/time/1796806-hollow-horsetail-plant-stem-with-radial-leaves.php?id=1796806

Horsetail is a common wetland plant that has a hollow stem to draw air down from the surface into the roots.

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Another photo of a horsetail plant showing the stem in cross section.

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Here a frog sits in duckweed–a small wetland plant that uses its size and flat shape to float on the surface of the water.

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