Biodiversity & Conservation

Puccinellia maritima salt marsh community



Image Kathy Duncan - Puccinellia maritima salt marsh. Image width ca 5 m.
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LS.LMU.Sm.SM13 recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

  • EC_Habitats
  • UK_BAP

Map icon UK and Ireland classification

Major habitat LS Littoral sediments
Habitat complex LS.LMU Littoral muds
Biotope complex LS.LMU.Sm Saltmarsh
Biotope LS.LMU.Sm.SM13 Puccinellia maritima

Additional information icon Additional information

UK National Vegetation Classification (NVC) SM13 : Puccinellia maritima saltmarsh community. Puccinellietum maritimae community (Warming, 1906) Christiansen 1927. Includes the following sub-communities:
  • Puccinellia maritima dominant sub-community;
  • Glaux maritima sub-community;
  • Limonium vulgare - Armeria maritima sub-community;
  • Plantago maritima - Armeria maritima sub-community;
  • Puccinellia maritima - turf fucoid sub-community, and the
  • Puccinellia maritima - Spartina maritima sub-community.
European Natural Information System (EUNIS) classification (Davies & Moss, 1998):
  • A2.646/B-LMU.Sm.NVC.SM13a - Puccinellia maritima low-mid saltmarshes (Common saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima) low-mid saltmarshes);
  • A2.647/B-LMU.Sm.NVC.SM13b - Sub-communities of Puccinellia maritima saltmarsh with Limonium vulgare and Armeria maritima; Puccinellia maritima with Glaux maritima co-dominant in species-poor veg.; Puccinellia maritima with Plantago maritima and/or Armeria maritima (Sub-communities of common saltmarsh-grass saltmarsh with sea lavender and sea arrowgrass; common saltmarsh-grass with sea-milkwort co-dominant in species-poor vegetation; common saltmarsh-grass with sea plantain and/or sea arrowgrass).

This review can be cited as follows:

Tyler-Walters, H. 2004. Puccinellia maritima salt marsh community. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 25/11/2015]. Available from: <>