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Crithmum maritimum

Criste marine
Rock Samphire

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Plant family

Area

Littoral

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

umbel 30-60 mm

Flowering months

June,

July,

August

Leaf type

Pinnate,

Bipinnate,

Succulent

Height

20-50 cm

Description

Grows in rock crevices as well as on the beach, in direct sunlight, often in contact with sea spray.

Flowers

The yellow green flowers grow in dense umbels.

Leaves

Succulent fleshy, water-retaining leaves, Pinnate row of leaflets on either side of the stem, Bipinnate leaflets on either side of the stem, each leaflet is further subdivided. Leaflets on either side of the stem, each leaflet may be further subdivided, cylindrical in shape, ridged, succulent.

Fruits Seeds

Pod: oblong, yellowish-purplish, thick ridges, 5-6 mm.

Edible

Leaves: a salty crunchy vegetable, eaten raw in salads or sautéed in butter.

Medical

Leaves: contain high levels of vitamin C, used as a diuretic and as a cleanser, improves the digestion.

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