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Maritime Beach Strand

Photos: salicicola.com

 

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Sparsely vegetated, long, narrow community between wrack line of high tide and foredunes.

Usually part of a barrier beach system, seaward of dunes, but above the daily high tides. Beach strands are subject to overwash during storms and spring tides.

Photos credit to salicicola.com (unless otherwise noted). Natural communities information extracted from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). NHESP's Maritime Beach Strand natural community page.

SEMPBA Archives: Maritime Beach Strand

 

Species Name

sea-rocket (Cakile edentula)

dune grass (Ammophila breviligulata)

beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus)

seabeach orache (Atriplex pentandra)

seabeach sandwort (Honckenya peploides)

seaside flatsedge (Cyperus filicinus)

seabeach saltwort (Salsola kali ssp. kali)

seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Russian thistle (Salsola tragus)

 

sea-rocket (Cakile edentula)
sea-rocket (Cakile edentula)
sea-rocket (Cakile edentula)
sea-rocket (Cakile edentula)
dune grass (Ammophila breviligulata)
dune grass (Ammophila breviligulata)
dune grass (Ammophila breviligulata)
beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus)
beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus)
beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus)

seabeach orache (Atriplex pentandra)

 

Photo credit: Jason Sharp, https://www.flickr.com/photos/78235221@N05/9476328779

seabeach sandwort (Honckenya peploides)
seabeach sandwort (Honckenya peploides)
seabeach sandwort (Honckenya peploides)
seabeach sandwort (Honckenya peploides)
seaside flatsedge (Cyperus filicinus)
seaside flatsedge (Cyperus filicinus)
seabeach saltwort (Salsola kali ssp. kali)
seabeach saltwort (Salsola kali ssp. kali)
seabeach saltwort (Salsola kali ssp. kali)
seabeach saltwort (Salsola kali ssp. kali)

seabeach saltwort (Salsola kali ssp. kali)

seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)
seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Russian thistle (Salsola tragus)—Invasive species.

 

By Forest & Kim Starr, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6158671

Russian thistle (Salsolatragus tragus)—Invasive species.

 

By Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11080362

Russian thistle (Salsola tragus)—Invasive species.

 

By AnRo0002 - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20025298