Salicornia fragilis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaChenopodiaceaeSalicorniaSalicornia fragilis


An annual largely restricted to open mud and muddy sand on intertidal flats and in the lowest parts of saltmarshes. Lowland.



World Distribution

Oceanic Temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Littoral sediment (includes saltmarsh and saltmarsh pools)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 8

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 9

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 884

Life form information

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 98

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 35

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

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

Dalby K
1989.  An experts approach to the Salicornia problem. BSBI News. 53:9-10.
Ingrouille M
1989.  A non-expert’s approach to the Salicornia problem. BSBI News. 53:11-12.