Cakile maritima

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaBrassicaceaeCakileCakile maritima

Ecology

An annual, predominately found on sandy seashores and on fore-dunes. It is often very frequent along the winter storm tide-line where there is a good source of nutrients. It is rarer on shingle beaches and is only an occasional casual elsewhere. Seeds are dispersed by tides. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Wide-temperate element.

© S. Hammonds

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): 4.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1011

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary

Annual

Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 576

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 131

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 13

Atlas Change Index: -0.38

Weighted Changed Factor: 19

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

40

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000002826