An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

Marine and coastal plants and wildflowers
The list below provide a rough guide to the habitat where the species can be found. Please note a few of the species listed can occur in a variety of habitats and not just the one listed.

Marine Plants only found below High Water Mark
Zostera marina - Eel Grass, Sea Grass or Grass Wrack
Zostera noltei - Dwarf Eel Grass or Sea Grass

Beaches, Dunes and Dune Slacks
Ammophila arenaria - Marram Grass
Carex arenaria - Sand Sedge
Atriplex laciniata - Frosted Orache
Cakile maritima - Sea Rocket
Calystegia soldanella - Sea Bindweed
Crambe maritima - Sea Kale
Cynoglossum officinale - Hound's Tounge
Elytrigia juncea - Sand Couch
Eryngium maritimum - Sea Holly
Euphorbia paralias - Sea Spurge
Glaucium flavum - Yellow Horned Poppy
Matthiola sinuata - Sea Stock
Ophioglossum azoricum - Small Adder's Tongue
Ophioglossum vulgatum - Adder's Tongue
Pancratium maritimum - Sea Daffodil
Polygonum oxyspermum - Ray's Knotgrass
Romulea columnae - Sand or Warren Crocus
Salsola kali - Saltwort

Rocky Shores and Cliffs
Asplenium marinum - Sea Spleenwort
Armeria maritima - Sea Pink or Thrift
Carpobrotus edulis - Hottentot Fig
Crithmum maritimum - Rock Samphire
Erodium maritimum - Sea Stork's-bill
Inula crithmoides - Golden Samphire
Limonium binervosum - Rock Sea Lavender
Plantago coronopus - Buck's-horn Plantain
Plantago maritima - Sea Plantain
Rumex rupestris - Shore Dock
Scilla autumnalis - Autumn Squill
Scilla verna - Spring Squill
Silene uniflora - Sea Campion
Spergularia rupicola - Rock Sea Spurrey
Spiranthes spiralis - Autumn Lady's Tresses

Aster tripolium - Sea Aster
Atriplex portulacoides - Sea Purslane
Beta vulgaris ssp. maritima - Sea Beet
Cochlearia anglica - English Scurvygrass
Cochlearia officinalis - Common Scurvygrass
Elytrigia atherica - Sea Couch
Glaux maritima - Sea Milkwort
Salicornia dolichostachya - Long-spiked Glasswort
Salicornia europaea agg. - Common Glasswort
Salicornia ramosissima - Purple Glasswort
Sarcocornia perennis - Perennial Glasswort
Spartina anglica - Common Cord-grass
Spartina x townsendii - Townsend's Cord-grass
Spergularia marina - Lesser Sea Spurrey
Suaeda maritima - Annual Seablite
Triglochin maritima - Sea Arrow-grass

For more floral / botanical images of each of these species and more maritime species visit our sister botanical website APHOTOFLORA. A website dedicated to the photography and identification of wildflowers, weeds, trees, shrubs, ferns, orchids, grasses and lower plants which occur in the south-west region.

For all records of Zostera (Sea Grass) -

Sealife Survey
Record UK marine life using the the Marine Biological Association's Sealife Survey (external link)

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