Saltmarsh

I've been lucky enough to visit 3 saltmarshes, 2 on Hayling Island (the Kench and Northney) and 1 at RSPB Pagham Harbour, and want to devote a separate page to the unique plants I saw there. I am still learning about them and hope I can give accurate information here about saltmarsh plant identification in the UK but any corrections, please contact me (julie@gardenwithoutdoors.org.uk), thank you.

this is the saltmarsh at Northney, Hayling Island, August 2019

salt marsh Hayling Island

the edge of the saltmarsh at Pagham Harbour with a drift of sea thrift, looking very dry at the moment, August 2019

sea thrift

view of the Kench at sunset, July 2018, the saltmarsh is out of view, I'll look and see if I have a photo of it

the kench hayling island

the kench interpretation board

Golden Samphire Limbarda crithmoides
Samphire / Glasswort Salicornia europaea
Sea Aster Tripolium pannonicum
Seablite / Sea Blite Suaeda maritima
Sea Lavender Limonium vulgare
Lax Sea Lavender Limonium humile
Sea Purslane Halimione portulacoides
Sea Spurrey Spergularia marina

Golden Samphire (Limbarda crithmoides)

I just read what a rare plant this is (although the book was rather old so not sure if that's accurate) but I've seen it at both satmarshes on Hayling. This photo also shows sea purslane surrounding the golden samphire and a few sea asters on the right. These 3 photos were taken 15-8-2019.

golden samphire

golden samphire

I took this (and the following 5 photos) at the saltmarsh at The Kench, Hayling Island, July 2018

golden samphire

entire clump

golden samphire

close-up of the flowers

golden samphire

golden samphire

above and below, clearer view of the leaves

golden samphire

Samphire / Glasswort (Salicornia europaea)

Northney, Hayling Island 15-8-2019

samphire

saw this at the saltmarsh at The Kench, Hayling Island, July 2018

glasswort

close-up of the glasswort

glasswort

Sea Aster (Tripolium pannonicum)

sea aster, surrounded by seablite, samphire and sea purslane, 15-8-2019 Northney, Hayling

sea aster

sea aster

sea aster

sea aster surrounded by sea purslane, 15-8-2019

sea aster and sea purslane

sea aster with what I'm thinking is seablite above (see Seablite below), Northney, Hayling 15-8-2019

sea aster and seablite

Sea Lavender (Limonium vulgare)

sea lavender at The Kench, Hayling, 19-7-2018 surrounded by samphire

sea lavender

sea lavender and sea purslane, Northney, Hayling 15-8-2019

sea lavender and sea purslane

sea lavender and sea purslane

this separate plant is almost finished flowering

sea lavender

Lax Sea Lavender (Limonium humile)

this is lax sea lavender, a view of the entire plant, then some photos of closer views, Northney, Hayling 15-8-2019

lax sea lavender

lax sea lavender

lax sea lavender

lax sea lavendeer

Sea Purslane (Halimione portulacoides)

I saw this at Pagham Harbour 13-8-2019

sea purslane

I saw this at The Kench, Hayling Island, 19-7-2018

sea purslane

flower close-up

sea purslane

I saw this sea purslane on Hayling in the shingle along the beach

sea purslane

Seablite / Sea blite (Suaeda maritima)

this is sea purslane I saw at the Northney saltmarsh, Hayling, with a couple of other plants, left and centre, which I think is sea blite?

sea purslane

In addition to the two shoots above, I have a number of photos of what is possibly seablite (or is it sea-blite or sea blite?). This requires some research.

these 2 photos are of a smaller sprawling plant, Hayling Island 15-8-2019

these 2 look a bit different with some darker stems but now that I'm on my pc, they do seem to be the same plant - just some darker stems

taller plant on the salt marsh

the suspected seablite is also in the background of these photos of the sea spurrey at Pagham Harbour

a different type of seablite or just a more mature one?

seablite

I first saw this plant July 2018 at The Kench, Hayling Island

seablite

seablite

Sea Spurrey (Spergularia marina)

sea spurrey

sea spurrey