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Sea Aster (Aster tripolium)


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A native plant of salt marshes, rocky sea cliffs and sea walls. Its distinguishing features are its long, fleshy leaves that allow it to retain as much fresh water as possible against the siphoning-off effect of the sea water. It has loose flowerheads. Sea Asters exist as rayed and rayless varieties but only the former have long blue or white florets. The rayless form is yellow. The leaves are edible and it was once used as a garden plant. Picture taken at Burham Over Straithe, Norfolk September 22nd 2010.

26th Sep 2010 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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