Annual Seablite

A common species above the normal high water mark on muddy shoreline. 

Species Detail
Common Name Annual Seablite
Alternative Name
Scientific Name Suaeda maritima
Family Goosefoot Family Amaranthaceae
Species Reference blamey 042.4
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Flower green


Flower green


Annual Seablite: turning the tide - Once you start to look closely at the vegetation around the high water mark on salt marshes you start to find some more specialist species growing. Annual seablite (Suaeda maritima) may not be much to look at but it is a common and yet much overlooked plant because it does not have nice flowers! In fact, it appears just a dull, green, stringy mass! Look closely and you may find the tiny flowers.
Once the spartina grass has established on a muddy shoreline and started to bring some solidity to the mud so annual seablite is one of several species that can establish itself. This causes the ground level to rise above the normal water level to create the vegetative islands that you can see when you look over a salt marsh. Although resistant to salt annual seablite tends to grow above the high water line where it rarely gets covered.
This is a common plant in its chosen environment.


Species Distribution

These are nature reserves and wildlife hot-spots where I have recorded this species

Ferrybridge and Portland Causeway

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest

Arne Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest

Holton Lee

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest

Brownsea Island

Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
Species Habitats
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Habitat Reference Relationship
C7: Saltmarsh


Species Records
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Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Arne Nature Reserve Common on the salt marshes
Brownsea Island Local
Ferrybridge and Portland Causeway On the Fleet side
Holton Lee Common on the shore