Algae or Seagrass?

Along with phytoplankton, algae (seaweeds) and seagrasses form the basis of the food chain in the marine environment. Using energy from sunlight to make food, they are essential for a healthy ecosystem.

Use this simple comparison below or follow the links to discover more about algae and seagrasses.

Seagrass Algae
Stems No true stems
Leaves No leaves
Flowers (although can be difficult to see) No flowers
Fruit No fruit
Seeds No seeds
Roots No roots
Some form large underwater meadows Some cling to rocks by a holdfast