A procumbent annual found close to the strand-line on moderately exposed sand and shingle beaches, and in waste places near the sea. Lowland.
It is difficult to interpret trends in the distribution of this species. A. glabriuscula is difficult to identify and is more comprehensively recorded in some areas than others. Some old records are probably unreliable due to confusion with other coastal Atriplex taxa, especially A. x taschereaui (A. glabriuscula x A. longipes) and A. prostrata.
Suboceanic Boreo-temperate element; also in N. America.
Light (Ellenberg): 9
Moisture (Ellenberg): 6
Reaction (Ellenberg): 7
Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 8
Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 3
January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.2
July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4
Annual Precipitation (mm): 1163
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1980)
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.