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Batis maritima

Batis maritima L.

 

Saltwort, Turtleweed, Beachwort, Pickleweed, Barilla, Planta de Sal, Camphire, Herbe-à-crâbes, Akulikuli-kai

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderBatalesFlowering, salt-tolerant plants
FamilyBataceaeFlowering, salt-tolerant plants
GenusBatisFrom the Greek for the name of some seashore plant
SpeciesmaritimaOf the sea

About plant names...

Saltwort is a long-lived salt-loving perennial, between endangered and invasive depending upon locale. It inhabits salt and brackish marshes and mangrove swamps. They are first to appear after hurricanes or other events that clear land. They are found on the coasts of North, Central and South America.

Plants: These are “subshrubs” 20-59" (50-150 cm) in height and up to 6½' (2 m) around. They form dense colonies. Stems grow vertically at first, lying down under their increasing weight and trailing to form loose mats. Branches are often 4-angled, sometime 3- or 5-angled.

Leaves: Simple, opposite, succulent, almost cylindrical, and sessile (attached directly to the stem). They are up to ⅞" (2.5 cm) long. Sap is salty, and smells slightly of vinegar.

Flowers: Tiny and white. Male and female flowers occur on different plants. They form small green clusters, appearing June-August.

Fruits: Greenish-yellow fruits, vaguely resembling pickles, are ⅜-¾" (1-2 cm) long, and roughly cylindical. They float on seawater to disperse.

Edibility: Leaves are salty, eaten raw or cooked, as potherb, puree, or pickles. Seeds are edible in salads, toasted, or “popped” like corn. Boiling leaves reduces their salt content. Seeds are high in oil and nutritonal value, and could serve as a commerical food source.

Online References:

Batis maritima at cabi.org’s Invasive Species Compendium

Batis maritima on florida.plantatlas.usf.edu

Batis maritima on www.eattheweeds.com

Batis maritima on Wikipedia

Batis maritima at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Batis maritima on www.eol.org

Batis maritima (Saltwort, Turtleweed, Beachwort, Pickleweed, Barilla, Planta de Sal, Camphire, Herbe-à-crâbes, Akulikuli-kai)

4/13/2015 · Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 28 cm)

Batis maritima (Saltwort, Turtleweed, Beachwort, Pickleweed, Barilla, Planta de Sal, Camphire, Herbe-à-crâbes, Akulikuli-kai)

4/13/2015 · Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

Batis maritima description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 3 Jul 2017.

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Batis maritima (Saltwort, Turtleweed, Beachwort, Pickleweed, Barilla, Planta de Sal, Camphire, Herbe-à-crâbes, Akulikuli-kai)

4/13/2015 · Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 7 × 9" (16 × 22 cm)

Batis maritima (Saltwort, Turtleweed, Beachwort, Pickleweed, Barilla, Planta de Sal, Camphire, Herbe-à-crâbes, Akulikuli-kai)

4/13/2015 · Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 9 × 7" (23 × 18 cm)

Batis maritima (Saltwort, Turtleweed, Beachwort, Pickleweed, Barilla, Planta de Sal, Camphire, Herbe-à-crâbes, Akulikuli-kai)

4/13/2015 · Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 24 × 16" (59 × 39 cm)

Batis maritima (Saltwort, Turtleweed, Beachwort, Pickleweed, Barilla, Planta de Sal, Camphire, Herbe-à-crâbes, Akulikuli-kai)

4/13/2015 · Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL

Batis maritima (Saltwort, Turtleweed, Beachwort, Pickleweed, Barilla, Planta de Sal, Camphire, Herbe-à-crâbes, Akulikuli-kai)

4/13/2015 · Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 25 cm)

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