A procumbent annual found close to the strand-line on moderately exposed sand and shingle beaches, and in waste places near the sea. Lowland.
It is difficult to interpret trends in the distribution of this species. A. glabriuscula is difficult to identify and is more comprehensively recorded in some areas than others. Some old records are probably unreliable due to confusion with other coastal Atriplex taxa, especially A. x taschereaui (A. glabriuscula x A. longipes) and A. prostrata.
Suboceanic Boreo-temperate element; also in N. America.
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Light (Ellenberg): 9
Moisture (Ellenberg): 6
Reaction (Ellenberg): 7
Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 8
Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 3
January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.2
July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4
Annual Precipitation (mm): 1163
Height (cm): 33
Perennation - primary
Life Form - primary
Clonality - primary
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 780
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 159
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 10
Atlas Change Index: -0.93
Weighted Changed Factor: -9
Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)
Atlas text references
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1980)
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.