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Salsola melitensis   (Maltese Salt Tree)

Salsola melitensis  (AMARANTHACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Salsola melitensis retrieved from on 2020-Oct-22

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Salsola melitensisBotschantzev

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Darniella melitensis (Botschantzev) Brullo
Synonym that was used for long in Malta: Darniella melitensis (Botsch.) Brullo
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Amaranthaceae Juss. (The Amaranth Family)
42 species from the Amaranthaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Maltese Salt Tree

Maltese name(s) :

Xebb, Siġra tal-irmied

Status for Malta :

Endemic. Occurs only on the Maltese islands

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Nano-Phanerophyte (small trees to large shrubs)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Protected by law: Regulation 26 of LN311/2006. (Strictly protected endemic species)

Red List (1989) :

This species has a threatened status and is listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

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Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Species endemic to the Maltese islands, not found in the rest of Europe

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Rupestral areas and sides of hill tops and escarpments, sometimes inland in rocky areas with Globigerina Limestone.

Botanical Description:

Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

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Images (20 images)
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