Grasses are not the only herbaceous plants to thrive in marshes. Water lilies, like these in Trinidad and Tobago, take root in nutrient-rich, saturated soil and prevent excess erosion. In this way, marsh plants contribute to the growth of the marsh.

Photograph by Larry Khan, MyShot
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A marsh is a wetland, an area of land where water covers ground for long periods of time