Definitions for "Emergent plants"
rooted aquatic or wetland herbs with stems and leaves extending above the surface of the water
Water plants with roots and part of the stem submerged below water level, but the rest of the plant is above water; cattails and bulrushes.
Aquatic plants that are rooted or anchored in the sediment around shorelines, but have stems and leaves extending well above the water surface. Cattails and bulrushes are examples of emergent plants.