Sawgrass, Little Sawgrass...you may be wondering just
what "Sawgrass" is. The name is pretty
descriptive, actually. It is a grass-like plant with
sharp little saw teeth along both edges of the blades.
A close-up reveals tiny, sharp points
on the edges of the v-shaped blade.
grows profusely, often covering huge areas of wetlands. It
isn't actually a grass, even though it is the plant that
gave the Everglades the name "River of Grass".
what is known as a sedge - which as far as I can tell is
pretty much just a grass with a saw edge to it.
I know is, if your boat is drifting and you feel the need
to grab a handfull of plants to stop your boat - don't
grab this stuff! Particularly if you are going with enough
speed to cause the plant to slip through your hand. You
will find out quick enough how it got it's name!>>
is one of the oldest known plant species in the world. It
provides food for deer and building material for alligators
and other marsh critters. Snails attach their eggs to
the blades, just above the waterline.
white base of the central leaf bundle is supposedly tender
and edible, but I haven't tried it yet. (If anyone has
tried it, email me
and let us know what you think.)
Sawgrass lines the side of the canal
along the Sarno extension.