Sea holly (Eryngium maritimum)

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Sea holly growing in sand dune

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  • The blue-green colour of sea holly leaves reflects the heat of the sun better than plain green leaves.
  • Sea holly has a deep root system which helps to bind sand and allows it to find less salty water.
  • Sea holly has a waxy cuticle which helps to reduce water loss.
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Sea holly description

KingdomPlantae
PhylumMagnoliophyta
ClassMagnoliopsida
OrderApiales
FamilyApiaceae
GenusEryngium (1)

Information on the sea holly is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Sea holly status

The sea holly has not yet been assessed by the IUCN.

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References

  1. Catalogue of Life (December, 2012)
    http://www.catalogueoflife.org/
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Sea holly growing in sand dune  
Sea holly growing in sand dune

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