Salicornia ramosissima

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaChenopodiaceaeSalicorniaSalicornia ramosissima


This morphologically highly variable annual is usually found in the middle and upper zones of saltmarshes, in closed Puccinellia maritima swards, salt-pans, creeks and drift-lines. It also occurs on firm sand and muddy shingle, and behind sea-walls in open areas of brackish grazing marsh. Ball & Tutin (1959) note that this species occurs `in all parts of saltmarshes except the lower mud-flats`. Lowland.



World Distribution

Suboceanic Southern-temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Littoral sediment (includes saltmarsh and saltmarsh pools)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 7

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 9

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 862

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 224

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 16

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Dalby K
1989.  An experts approach to the Salicornia problem. BSBI News. 53:9-10.
Ingrouille M
1989.  A non-expert’s approach to the Salicornia problem. BSBI News. 53:11-12.
Rich TCG, Jermy AC
1998.  Plant crib 1998.