Atriplex × hulmeana

Atriplex prostrata × littoralis

Goosefoot Family [Amaranthaceae]

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flower
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morph
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petals
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stem
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10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
A hybrid between Spear-Leaved Orache and Grass-Leaved Orache with characteristics somewhere in-between the both of them.


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The lower leaves are trullate (shaped like those of a brick-layers trowel or a normal kite)


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The fruits are clustered in small loose groups up the stem.


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The fruits are intermediate in shape between those of Grass-leaved and Spear-leaved Oraches. Stem here twisted like a Barley Sugar stick of toffee.


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The fruits may have 'horns' (botanically tubercules).


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Like many oraches the stems have ridges. Pay particular attention to the shape of several fruits in all the photos and take an average.


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Pay particular attention to the shape of several fruits in all the photos and take an average.


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Leaves and fruits at the top of a branch.


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The fruits bulge in the lower middle. They are spongy to the touch (another identifying feature).


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The two bractele pairs are parting here ready to discharge their seed clasped between the two.


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
A fruit with bracteole pair forced open. It is joined just at the base. The top bracteole contains the sole seed.


10th Oct, 2015, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
A handfull of fruits. They are between 3 - 6mm (up to 8mm).


Easily mistaken for : other Oraches (Atriplex species) and some Goosefoots (Chenopodium species)

Many similarities to : Grass-Leaved Orache (Atriplex littoralis) and Spear-Leaved Orache (Atriplex prostrata)

This is the hybrid between Spear-Leaved Orache and Grass-Leaved Orache with characteristics somewhere in-between the both of them. It is fertile and grows with both parents present somewhere near. It occurs locally only on the coasts at East Anglia and in Northern England, where this specimen was found.


  Atriplex hulmeana x littoralis  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Amaranthaceae  

Distribution
 family8Goosefoot family8Amaranthaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Atriplex
Atriplex
(Oraches)

Atriplex × hulmeana

Atriplex prostrata × littoralis

Goosefoot Family [Amaranthaceae]