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Batis maritima

Batis maritima L.

Turtleweed, Seaside saltwort

Bataceae (Saltwort Family)


USDA Symbol: bama5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Yellow
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , CA , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX
Native Habitat: Marshes, Tidal flats, lagoons

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Saline tolerant


Use Wildlife: Fruit-birds, Fruit-mammals, Nesting site
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1094 Collected 2007-09-06 in Cameron County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Batis maritima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Batis maritima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Batis maritima


Record Modified: 2013-08-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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