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Wetland Plants – Extras

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


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


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


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


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


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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