Aeluropus lagopoides has many adaptations that enable itto exist in high-salinity habitats that are uninhabitable to many other plant species. The plant itself has a very low salt content (7), and it is able to expel the salt it gains from the highly saline soil through glands on the leaves (4) (6) (7). The small waxy leaves and strong root network also help this species to survive in stressful salty environments (6), especially throughout the summer months when there is a three-fold increase in soil salinity (7) (8).
A perennial species, Aeluropus lagopoides produces flowers throughout the year (4). It propagates vegetatively by underground roots called ‘rhizomes’ after monsoon rains, which produce roots and shoots identical to the parent plant (6) (7). Sexual reproduction also occurs in Aeluropus lagopoides, with numerous seeds and flowers produced between April and October (7) (8).