West Highland Flora

Glasswort


Salicornia europaea agg

Taxonomic note: am taking the aggregate to include all British Isles sp other than S perennis, which does not occur in the area.

Salicornia europaea agg

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye

Fairly frequent in salt-marshes

Shoots up to 30 cm high, typically much less.

ID: Unmistakable - much-branched fleshy stems with no obvious leaves.

Other features: The leaves are actually the part that you see.  These are like tubes surrounding the stem, and extend from one stem-joint to the next.  Flowers very small, in groups of 3, the middle one the largest, their only visible parts being a green bract and a yellow stamen.  Plant (including bracts) may sometimes turn yellow or red.  Annual. 

 

Salicornia europaea agg

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye

 

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