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Halophila ovalis (Paddle weed)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Alismatales > Family: Hydrocharitaceae > Genus: Halophila

A species of seagrass that grows on soft sand or muddy substrates and within southern Africa it is found from Mozambique to Knysna in the Western Cape. The leaves are ovate, hence the common name. A favourite food of the Dugong.