Atriplex laciniata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaChenopodiaceaeAtriplexAtriplex laciniata


A decumbent, widely spreading annual of sand and shingle beaches, more rarely found on saltmarsh-sand dune transitions and saltmarsh drift-lines. Populations are usually small and often of sporadic appearance. A. laciniata typically occurs with Cakile maritima, Salsola kali and other Atriplex species in a mixed strandline community. Lowland.



World Distribution

Oceanic Temperate element; also in N. America.

© G. Toone, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Supralittoral sediment (strandlines, shingle, coastal dunes)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 3

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 979

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 418

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 92

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 13

Atlas Change Index: 0.38

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (85a)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1980)
Taschereau (1985a)