EUROPEAN PROJECT OF AMPHIBIAN AND AQUATIC REPTILES' HABITAT RECOVERING IN LOW TER WETLANDS

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Common name:
Scientific name: Stachys maritima
Family Labiades
 

Description
Softly hairy perennial plant, of 10-30cm height, turgid or ascending with simple opposite leaves. The flowers, 4 to 6 clustered in the axils of the leaves, are pale yellow.

Reproduction
Pollination by insects and auto-compatible. It can also reproduce from rhizomes, an adaptation to the area in which it grows: moving sands.


Habitat and distribution
Sand dune plant characteristic to the Agropyretum-mediterraneum family, found in low beaches. Studies carried out in the Costa Brava places it in the Cricianelletum maritimae family. The species can be found on the Mediterranean basin, from the Iberian coast to the Black Sea, and from Turkey to Algeria. It is also found in Corsica but not in the Balearic Islands, Sardinia or Sicily.


Threats
Habitat loss. Machines used to clean beaches restrict the settlement of the species.