Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima
A much-branched perennial herb found on coastal rocks and cliffs, saltmarsh drift-lines, sea-walls, and on sand and shingle beaches, favouring nutrient-enriched sites such as sea-bird cliffs and coastal paths popular with dog-walkers. It also occurs on waste ground near the sea and, rarely, inland as a casual of rubbish tips and roadsides. Lowland.
There has been little change in the range of this taxon since the 1962 Atlas. It appears to be more frequent throughout much of its range, perhaps because of better recording.
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.