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If you get an aerial view of a salt marsh, you can easily recognize common cord-grass vegetation by the snake-like line running across the marsh. This grass grows in thick clumps where former meandering saltwater creeks once flowed. The scientific name for this species of cord-grass is Spartina anglica, which refers to its English origin. It is a hybrid between an English and North American cord-grass species and originated around 1870. Its common nickname nowadays is 'marsh pest', thanks to its aggressive growth on salt marshes. However, before it became a pest, it was purposely planted to help advance mud deposition in salt-marsh works.


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