Uniola paniculata, Grass

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One pressed specimen of North American seaoats, possibly collected by Gibbes. This plant's tall leaves trap wind-blown sand and encourage the growth of sand dunes while its ample rhizomes and deep roots stabilize them; because of this, seaoats help protect beaches from damage (ie. erosion) due to storm surges, high winds and tides. The seaoats are also beneficial to birds, insects and small animals who depend on it for food and habitat.

Uniola paniculata L.