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Batis maritima (Turtleweed)
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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
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Leaf: Green.
Fruit: Yellow.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


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

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

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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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

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: 2022-11-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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