West Highland Flora

Sea Beet


Beta vulgaris ssp maritima

 

Beta vulgaris ssp maritima

Photo David Fenwick
Wild Flowers of the Plymouth Area
(24 Jun 2004 Torquay)

Rare on sandy shores

Flower diameter c 3-8 mm.  Leaves up to 10 cm long.

ID: Flowers similar to Fat Hen, but leaves leathery, untoothed, wavy and floppy.  Told from Atriplex species by having stamens and styles in same flower.

Other features: Generally a larger-leaved and larger-flowered plant than Atriplex and Chenopodium species, and without their dull or mealy appearance.  Flowers in groups of c 1-4, each in the axil of a green bract which in the case of the lower flowers is conspicuous and longer than the flowers.

 

Beta vulgaris ssp maritima

Photo David Fenwick
Wild Flowers of the Plymouth Area
(24 Jun 2004 Torquay)


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