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Glasswort

Salicornia europaea

Habitat:

Between rocks in the sand, right at the tide line, most likely at times covered by the high tide

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8 Comments

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

Thanks for the link!

I wish Kuwait had a few more projects on how to solve their trash & pollution problems as well :/

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

Definitely looks like you got it. Glassworts are one of the new "plants for a future". They're cultivated as a vegetable and are being investigated for their bioremediation qualities, like desalinization and biofuel. There's even a project in Kuwait to see if Salicornia could remove enough salt from soils to open them up for cultivation: http://idosi.org/wasj/wasj6%288%29/4.pdf...

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

Here's one of them, native to Kuwait. It does look a bit different.
The above looks thicker...
http://www.alsirhan.com/Plants_s/Haloxyl...

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

Thanks, I will look into it! :-)

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

Well, perhaps I can at least point you in the right direction for this plant. It looks very much like a species of Salicornia, which is a plant which can grow in very salty conditions. You can pretty much find some species growing worldwide, but this doesn't quite look like the species I'm familiar with. http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symb...

NicoleB
NicoleB 9 years ago

Yeah, I'll keep working on it :-D
Thanks :)

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

I wish I knew more about middle eastern plants. I'm enjoying seeing all these plants that are obviously adapted for very harsh conditions. Hope you get I.D.s for them, I'd like to know what they are too!

NicoleB
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NicoleB

Madīnat al-Kuwayt - مدينة الكويت, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait

Spotted on Jul 23, 2011
Submitted on Jul 26, 2011

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