Diagram of Seagrass Parts

The major function of the BLADES is photosynthesis, but they also function in nutrient absorption and in elimination of waste products.

The SHORT SHOOT can be thought of as the "stem" of the plant, where the blades originate.

RHIZOMES are subterranean organs that function in propagation of the clone, in anchoring the plants to the substrate, in translocation of materials throughout the clone, and are also involved in nutrient absorption and gas exchange. Short shoots and roots emanate from the rhizomes.

ROOTS are much thinner than rhizomes and function primarily in nutrient absorption. They also contribute to anchorage of the plant and to the elimination of waste products.