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Salicornia ramosissima   (Twiggy Glasswort)

Salicornia ramosissima  (AMARANTHACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Nov-2007 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Salicornia ramosissima - datasheet created on Nov-2007. Retrieved from on 24-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Salicornia ramosissimaDumort
Published in Bot. Gaz. (London) 3(27): 29. 1851

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Salicornia appressa Dumort.
Synonym that was used for long in Malta: Salicornia ramosissima Woods
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Amaranthaceae Juss. (The Amaranth Family)
42 species from the Amaranthaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Twiggy Glasswort

Maltese name(s) :

Almeridja, Salikornja

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE ( annual plants, herbaceous )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

July – October

Colour of Flowers:



Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

ramosissima: habit or stem profusely branched. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Remarks :

For long this glasswort species was known under the name of Salicornia ramosissima but taxonomic research have revealed that the description of this species by J. Woods (1816) was invalid due to improper designation and hence not accepted according to botanical nomenclature standards. The name Salicornia appressa which was validly published by the Belgian botanist Barthelemy Dumort (1866) is the legitimate taxon next in date for this plant.

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Less open mud in middle and upper parts of salt-marshes
Preferred habitat in Malta: Brackish marshes
Botanical Description: Plant up to 40 cm, erect or procumbent, typically much-branched and bushy but sometimes forming pure stands of small, simple plants; dark green sometimes becoming yellowish-green, with dark purplish-red or purple first appearing round the flowers and along the upper edge of the fertile segments and sometimes eventually colouring the whole segment. Terminal spike 5-30(-40) mm; lower fertile segments 1.9-3.5 mm, 2.5-4 mm wide at the narrowest point and 3-5.3 mm wide at the widest; upper edge with a conspicuous, scarious margin 0.1-0.2 mm wide.
Chromosome number: 2n=18
Distributional range: W. Europe and W. Mediterranean region

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Be Bl(I M N) Br Bu Co Da Ga(C F) Ge Hb(E N) Ho Hs(S) It Lu No Sa Si(M) ?Si(S)

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Species Images (6 images)
   Salicornia ramosissima   -   Image Code: SCORM-0.
   Salicornia ramosissima   -   Image Code: SCORM-1.
   Salicornia ramosissima   -   Image Code: SCORM-2.
   Salicornia ramosissima   -   Image Code: SCORM-3.
   Salicornia ramosissima   -   Image Code: SCORM-4.
   Salicornia ramosissima   -   Image Code: SCORM-5.

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