Common Name:- Sea purslane

Synonyms:- Atriplex portulacoides, Obione portulacoides.

Meaning:- Halimione (Gr) Daughter-of-the-Sea.
                  Halimi- (Gr) Orache-like, with silver-grey rounded leaves.
                  Portulacoides (L) Resembling portulaca.

General description:- Dioecious or monoecious much-branched subshrub.

   a) 20-100 cm.
   b) pale, angular.
   c) prostrate-decumbent to suberect.
   d) usually rooting at the nodes.

   a) 1.5-5 x 0.3-1.2 cm.
   b) opposite (alternate in the upper part of the flowering stem).
   c) almost stalkless or short-stalked (subsessile to shortly petiolate).
   d) elliptic-ovate to oblong-obovate, wedge-shaped (cuneate) to gradually
       narrowing (attenuate) at the base, obtuse or subacute, entire.
   e) densely covered with scurfy  greyish- to silvery-scale (lepidote), somewhat 

1) Inflorescence:
   a) 5-10 cm, paniculate.
2) Flowers:
   a) in small clusters, male intermixed with female or on separate plants.
3) Bracts:
   a) absent.
4) Perianth segments:
   a) male flowers 4-5, c. 0.8 x 0.4 rn, oblong, united (connate) at the base.
5) Stamens:
   a) 4-5.
   b) filaments hairless (glabrous), c. 0.8 mm.
   c) anthers yellow.
6) Bracteoles:
   a) 2-4(-5) x 3.8-5 mm.
   b) united to the middle or almost to the apex.
   c) deltoid, 3-lobed, somewhat thickened-fleshy, median lobe longer than the two 
       laterals, with or without dorsal rounded tubercles or appendages.

1) Seed:
   a) c. 2 mm diam.
   b) vertical, lenticular.
   c)  testa lack, shiny, minutely pitted.

Key features:-
1) Bracteoles connate almost to the apex in fruit.

Habitat:- Rocky and sandy beaches, saltmarshes, lagoons, ruderal habitats
generally by the sea, occasionally to 130 m.

Distribution:- Throughout Greece. Coasts of W Europe an the Mediterranean
region inland on saline soil in Anatolia and Palestine. Rare on Crete known onl from
a few coastal locations.

Flowering time:- July-Oct(-Nov).

Photos by:- An Other