Parapholis strigosa

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An annual of damp barish places by the sea; especially characteristic of the upper parts of grazed Festuca rubra-Puccinellia maritima saltmarshes, but also on mud banks, shingle ridges, saltmarsh-sand dune transitions and sea walls. In W. Britain and Ireland it occurs along rocky coasts in beach-head saltmarshes. Rarely, it grows inland by salt-treated roads. Lowland.



World Distribution

Suboceanic Southern-temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Littoral sediment (includes saltmarsh and saltmarsh pools)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 5

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 876

Height (cm): 25

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 347

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 63

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 5

Atlas Change Index: 0.14

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