Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Atriplex portulacoides L. - Sea Purslane
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Atriplex portulacoides
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Atriplex portulacoides
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Atriplex portulacoides
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A small low-growing shrubby species of saltmarshes, with grey oval leaves and small, unattractive flowers and fruits. This species is markedly southern in distribution and extends up the east coast of Ireland only into Co. Down and no farther. Its most northerly sites are in Strangford Lough and the mouth of Belfast Lough at Ballymacormick Point.

All names: Atriplex portulacoides L.; Halimione portulacoides (L.) Aellen; Obione portulacoides (L.) Moq.