SEA BINDWEED

Calystegia soldanella

Bindweed Family [Convolvulaceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8bicolour
 
flower
flower8pink flower8lilac
 
inner
inner8white
 
inner
inner8cream
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ5 petalsZ1
(1)
type
typeZtrumpet
 
type
typeZfused
 
stem
stem8round
 
toxicity
toxicityZmedium
 

6th July 2014, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast Photo: © RWD
A very low plant sprawled amidst the short grass.


2nd July 2011, Hightown beach, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
On mobile sand, very close to the sea.


2nd July 2011, Hightown beach, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Pink with five narrower white bands un-like Field Bindweed which, when not all white, is instead white with five narrower pink bands.


2nd July 2011, Hightown beach, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Backlit with sunlight. Has a greenish yellow centre, usually too dark to discern.


6th July 2014, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast Photo: © RWD
With five bulky white stamens and a concolorous stigma split in two and which are totally unlike those of Field Bindweed.


2nd July 2011, Hightown beach, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Half buried by dryish mobile sand.


2nd July 2011, Hightown beach, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
More likely to have a roll-over surround than is Field Bindweed. Think loudspeaker cone. The sepal-like bracts number about five and are edged a rusty colouring. Note two as-yet un-opened buds top left and bottom right.


6th July 2014, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast Photo: © RWD
Two green-purple bracts cup the five green-purple sepals.


6th July 2014, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast Photo: © RWD
Two green-purple bracts cup the five green-purple sepals.


2nd July 2011, Hightown beach, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are kidney shaped and shiny and without hairs not dis-similar to those of Lesser Celandine.


2nd July 2011, Hightown beach, Sefton Coast. Photo: © RWD
Like the leaves of Lesser Celandine they have similar fainter green veins.


6th July 2014, Marshside, Southport, Sefton Coast Photo: © RWD
The kidney-shaped leaves may also be curled up into a near-circular profile.


Easily mis-identified as : Field Bindweed but Sea Bindweed has the kidney shaped leaves that are both shiny and hairless, unlike Field Bindweed. Also, whereas Field Bindweed has white flowers (but sometimes white with pink stripes, it is the other way around with sea Bindweed, where the flowers are always bi-coloured, and are pink with white stripes. The end of the trumpet shaped flowers is more likely to be rolled over on Sea Bindweed, and the stigmas and styles are different: on Sea Bindweed both are club-shaped and white or cream, but on Field Bindweed the stigmas are white but pitch-fork shaped, and the anthers violet to blue. Sea Bindweed is prostrate and creeps along the ground, whereas most other Bindweeds climb upwards by entwining around thin objects.

Some similarities to : Hairy Bindweed, but that has hairy stems and is not prostrate like Sea Bindweed.

Slight resemblance to : Large Bindweed but that is much larger, and clambers upwards.

No relation to : Copse Bindweed nor to Black Bindweed [plants with similar names belonging to a different family, that of the Dock & Knotweed Family].

Bindweeds have five fused petals forming an un-interrupted trumpet, but with five longitudinal creases.


  Calystegia soldanella  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Convolvulaceae  

Distribution
 family8Bindweed family8Convolvulaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Calystegia
Calystegia
(Bindweeds)

SEA BINDWEED

Calystegia soldanella

Bindweed Family [Convolvulaceae]

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