West Highland Flora

Annual Seablite


Suaeda maritima

 

Suaeda maritima

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye


Frequent on the shore, in saltmarsh, mud, shingle or sand, sometimes below tideline.

Flower diameter c 1-2 mm.  Leaves c 1-2 mm wide.

ID: Leaves fleshy, semi-cylindrical in cross-section.  Flowers 1-3 together in axils of upper leaves, each with 5 green triangular sepals, no petals, and 5 pale yellow stamens.

Other features: Variable in habit and leaf shape, our plants seem to have more blunt-tipped leaves than is usual.  Sometimes turns purple in autumn.

 

Suaeda maritima

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Jul 2003 Portree, Skye
Leaf pointing to right from flower = 5.5 mm long

 

Suaeda maritima

Photo Carl Farmer
20 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

 

Suaeda maritima

Photo Carl Farmer
(12 Sep 2003 Dunbar)
 

A more upright form than the usual west coast type


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