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Salsola kali (prickly saltwort).

prickly saltwort

 

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Grows through sand when buried

Succulent leaves store water

Waxy cuticle helps to retain water as does reduced leaf area

Extensive rooting system, lateral and vertical, helps plant to reach moisture from summer showers (laterals) and from the water table deep down (verticals)

Prostrate habit protects against wind (and sea)

Rounded leaves reduce drag from wind (and sea)

 


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