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.).
Since the 1962 Atlas, A. prostrata has been better recorded on the coasts of N. and W. Britain and Ireland, but its increased frequency inland may partly represent its spread along roads.
Eurosiberian Wide-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.
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
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.
1988. Comparative Plant Ecology.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1980)