West Highland Flora

Sea Rocket


Cakile maritima

 

Cakile maritima

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye

Confined to sandy shores, where it is quite frequent.

Flower diameter c 1.2 cm

ID: Leaves fleshy, much longer than broad, with rounded forward-pointing lobes.  Flowers mauve or sometimes almost white, in typical crucifer arrangement with flower-spike lengthening in fruit.

Other features: Annual.  Pods divided into two cells, the upper larger, with a seed in each.  The upper breaks off whole, but the lower remains on the plant till the seed is shed.  The seeds are dispersed by sea-water.

 

Cakile maritima

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye
 

  Cakile maritima

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye

Pods divided into two cells

 

 

     

Cakile maritima

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye


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