Native SpeciesSalt hay

Spartina patens
FOUND by York75
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by rmaclean
Peer reviewed by York72
Field Notes
When we all arrived at the study site it was raining. We were at the spot where the river crosses under the Eastern Trail. We went there looking for information about the saltmarsh that we are researching in class. We chose to hunt for a plant from our species list for our expedition at school and for an animal from the VS website. When my group arrived at our area we set up the quadrat at 15 meters from the water line where the randomizer pointed. My group sat on trash bags and looked for clues of living species, some of our methods included digging for worms and testing the stiffness of the plants. In addition to looking for organisms, we also made Winogradsky columns and wrote about human impact. We tested salinity in 2 places, the river and the salt pannes. We sent you the river data but want you to know that the salt pannes were way saltier than the river. Our salt panne had 18.6 ppt! We learned alot about the feel of the marsh that we didn't know from the research-this was good, tho mucky!
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
Salt hay is found further from the waterline in the higher marsh and we found it at 15 meters away from the river.
Photo of my evidence.
The newer leaf was 11 cm long and .5 cm wide. It was surrounded by last years longer but dead leaves. The salt hay was thinner than the new shoots of cordgrass closer to the water.
Photo of my evidence.
The salt hay was low to the ground in swirling patterns that looked just like the cowlicks we had read about.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Spartina patens
Common name:
Salt hay
Is it alive?: 
Some dead & some alive
Count of individuals: 
3/4 - Completely covered
Vegetative structures (plants)
How big is it?: 
Greater than 10 cm
Is it male or female?: 
Can't tell
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (randomized- placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.563922 °
W -70.365565 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Coastal - Saltmarsh
Trip Information
Eastern Trail - Scarborough Marsh
Trip date: 
Fri, 2012-04-27 09:30
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species and Habitat Survey
Time of low tide: 
Thu, 2012-04-12 09:44
Habitat Observations
Species diversity: 
18 different species
Evidence of vectors: 
Paved road
Dirt road
Walking trail
Recent disturbance
Water temperature: 
Dissolved oxygen: 


Your third photo clearly shows salt hay.

The other photos, however, show a variety of other grass species.

I can't get much more specific than that based on photos alone. I think you may have been picking up some other salt marsh grasses (with the broader leaves in your detail photo) or even getting into the transition from salt marsh into adjacent non-wetland habitats, and picking up some other grasses.

Grasses are tough, even for experts! And it looks like there were perhaps half a dozen species in this area!