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  Salicornia europaea L.
  Family Name : Amaranthaceae

  Common Names : Sea Asparagus, Glasswort

Sea Asparagus,Glasswort
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Succulent Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      0.3 m to 0.4 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Western Europe
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Bushy succulent up to 40 cm tall.
      Foliage: The tiny, succulent leaves are only small protrusions off the side of the stem.
      Stems: The narrow, cylindrical stems are highly segmented and held erect. Different forms vary in their tendency to branch.
      Habitat :
      Occurs along the sandy coasts, salt marshes, and mudflats of Western Europe.
      Cultivation :
      This species grows best in a well-drained, sandy soil. They are ideally harvested at 15 cm tall and can be repeatedly harvested by removing only the upper 10 cm and allowing the base to re-grow.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Stems; Edible Seeds)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: It is rich in vitamin C, has a salty flavour and can be eaten raw or lightly cooked. It is sometimes pickled, used as a garnish or added to salads and fish dishes. The seeds can be pressed to make a high quality oil.  )
      Medicinal (It is thought to be helpful to reduce flatulence and improve digestion, as well as treat obesity and kidney disorders.)
      [Others]: In the 14th century, the plant was burned and the ashes were used to make soap and glass.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Alkaline (high pH) Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Coastal, Container Planting
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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