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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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27 July, 2010

Sea-purslane (Halimione portulacoides)

Once you get down on the shoreline in Poole harbour and elsewhere where it is muddy as opposed to sandy you find all sorts of plants not found elsewhere. It is a unique environment.

Plants need to be tough to with stand the high salt content of both the ground and the air and they also have to cope with occasional entire submersion in salt water.

Sea-purslane is another of those plants adapted to such a life style. They thrive in drier salt marsh areas but still around the high water mark so have to contend with a soaking from time to time.

Another plant that is not much to look at but not to be overlooked.