Atriplex portulacoides   Sea Purslane C DD N

Atriplex portulacoides

This is a seaside plant which flowers in midsummer. Look for the glaucous fleshy leaves on the banks of tidal rivers and in salt marsh areas or shingle beaches. In the recent past it has been known as Halimione portulacoides and will appear in some wild flower books with this name. This is an edible plant which can be eaten raw in salads.

It is found mostly round the coasts of England, Wales and eastern ireland where it is common but there is little to be found in Scotland or western Ireland.

Near Torteval, Guernsey 19th June 2004

Added on November 12th 2004, updated 20th October 2008, updated 1st March 2010

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