Wild Celery Fact Sheet Bay Grasses in Classes
Wild Celery Fact Sheet
is often calledtapegrass, freshwater eelgrass, or wildcelery, even though it is not related toedible garden celery. It is a
plantand is found in fresh water and slightlybrackish water. It has
orfloating leaves that are ribbon-shaped andmay be as much as two meters long,depending on the depth of the water. Theleaves all grow in clusters (a
) fromthe base of the plant. The leaves have finely toothed (
) edges, a blunt roundedtip and are approximately 2 cm wide. A light green stripe runs down the center of theleaves; this stripe is easier to see if the leaf is held up to the light and helps to identify theplant. The plants grow from nodes along the creeping underground
. Each planthas finely branching (
) roots.Wild celery can sometimes beconfused with eelgrass (
). However, eelgrass has
arranged leaves which lack the light green stripe and prefers highsalinity water. Because wild celeryprefers freshwater or low salinitywater, the two species are usually notfound in the same location.
is found mainlyin eastern North America, as far northas Nova Scotia, west to North Dakotaand south to the Gulf of Mexico. It hasrecently been reported as far west asArizona, New Mexico andWashington. It is also found in theMiddle East, Asia, the South Pacificand Central and South America. In theChesapeake Bay it is mainly found infreshwater, although it is sometimesfound in brackish water (up to 12-15ppt). It has been found in both movingand still water.