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Greek Sea-spurrey

This annual or biennial herb occurs on freely-draining skeletal or sandy soils on waste ground by the sea, including dockyards, roadsides and car parks. Lowland.

Lesser Sea-spurrey

An annual of saltmarshes, sea-walls, muddy shingle, brackish grazing pastures and the base of coastal cliffs. Inland, it is a local colonist of the margins of saline sludge lagoons, and also occurs beside salt-treated roads. Generally lowland, but reaching 520 m on a roadside at Holme Moss (Cheshire).

Greater Sea-spurrey

The natural habitats of this perennial herb are strictly maritime. It is found in saltmarshes, on muddy beaches, banks and low cliffs, in tidally inundated dune-slacks, and on the margins of saline ditches in coastal grazing marshes. In saltmarshes, it is generally found at lower elevations than S. marina. Inland, it occurs very occasionally as a colonist of salt-treated roadsides. Lowland.

Sand Spurrey

An annual or biennial herb, typically occurring in open habitats on free-draining acidic sands and gravels. Habitats include heaths, commons, tracks (particularly forestry tracks in W. Scotland), quarries, gravel- and sand-pits, railway yards and waste ground. It occasionally grows on stabilised shingle and sand dunes. It is tolerant of trampling. Generally lowland, but recorded at over 560 m on Deadwater Fell (S. Northumb.).

Rock Sea-spurrey

A perennial herb of maritime rocks and cliffs, growing in crevices, on ledges and on friable rock surfaces, sometimes in guano-enriched sites near sea-bird colonies. It also grows in short cliff-top grassland and on the masonry of piers and walls near the sea. It is indifferent to soil reaction. Lowland.