Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Did you know...about Bulrushes (Aquatic Plant)?

Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates.  These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food for many aquatic invetebrates. Seeds of bulrushes are consumed by ducks & other birds while geese, muskrats, & nutria (large semiaquatic beaverlike rodent) consume the rhizomes (modified subterranean stem of a plant that is usually found underground) & early shoots!  One particular famous story involving bulrushes is that of the Ark of bulrushes.  In this story, it is said that the infant Moses was found in a boat made of bulrushes!

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