Prickly Saltwort, Salsola kali Family: Amaranthaceae
Salsola kali     *     Prickly Saltwort


Flowering time: July-September. Annual

Habitat: Coastal on the drift-line of sandy and shingle beaches.

A more/less prostrate, very prickly plant, the tiny flowers with 5 sepals and a pair of bracts borne in the leaf axils. Branched stems with narrow succulent leaves tapering to a sharp spine at the tip.

Foodplant for caterpillars of the micro-moth Gymnancyla canella


Prickly Saltwort, Salsola kali


Prickly Saltwort, Salsola kali
Prickly Saltwort, Salsola kali
Shell Bay, Dorset. September 2013

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