Salsola kali subsp. ruthenica
A bushy annual of waste ground, rubbish tips and arable fields, introduced with wool shoddy, bird-seed and as a contaminant of grain and agricultural seed. It is usually casual, but may persist at some sites (e.g. in S. Essex). Lowland.
This subspecies was first recorded in 1875 (Oxon). It remains a rare casual.
This taxon is known to occur in C. & S. Europe and in Asia, but the distributions of the two subspecies of S. kali are not well documented.
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.