Atriplex prostrata

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaChenopodiaceaeAtriplexAtriplex prostrata


An annual of beaches, saltmarshes and other open, often wet, saline habitats near the sea; also inland in disturbed areas on moist, fertile, neutral soils, such as the trampled margins of ditches and ponds, on cultivated land, tips and waste ground. It also grows in inland saltmarshes and along salt-treated roadsides. Generally lowland, but reaching 415 m at Carter Bar (Roxburghs.).



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Wide-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 7

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 2

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 955

Life form information

Height (cm): 100

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1847

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 349

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 5

Atlas Change Index: 1.1

Weighted Changed Factor: 53

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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

Atlas (84c)
Bassett IJ, Munro DB
1987.  The biology of Canadian weeds. 81. Atriplex patula L., A. prostrata Boucher ex DC, and A. rosea L. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 67:1069-1082.
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1980)
Taschereau (1985a)