Hydrophylax maritima L.f., Suppl. Pl. 126 1782. (Syn: Diodia orientalis J.König ex Roxb.; Sarissus anceps Gaertn.);
Sand dunes of India, Sri Lanka and Peninsula Thailand: Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand as per POWO;
hy-droh-FY-laks — Greek: hydro (water); phylakos (watcher, guard) … Dave’s Botanary
muh-RIT-tim-muh or mar-ih-TEE-muh — of or from the sea … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: East Indian water-bluet • Gujarati: દરિયાઈ શંખલો dariyai shankhalo • Kachchhi: લસીઆર lasiaar
please find one of the soil binder which help to build sand dunes to protect the soil erosion (first line defense against the storm and sea water intrusion to the agricultural fields of the villagers) followed by casuarina (second line defense) and mangroves (Third line defense). This will be a series of those plants that recently visited to check how safe the coasts are in Astaranga of Puri district of Odisha. This is the first posting of the series. Due to heavy load of field work i am not getting time to share the plants from my region. I wl try my best to highlight the ecological importance of some of these plants through my photography.
Name of the species: sesuvium portulacastrum
Habitat: wild, in sea coast between casuarina and sea beachs
Importance: medicinal uses and soil binders (help in Sand dune formation).
Nice set of pics …
… I like the way you take photographs of different species.
Quite a detailed photography
Sesuvium portulacastrum ?
I have doubt about this.
thanks a lot in pointing out the difference in Sesuvium portulacastrum and the species uploaded here. Since i was in field i cud not respond to the group. After rechecking the specimen, it appears Hydrophylax maritima of Rubiaceae
[EfloraofIndia_Rubiaceae week_130212PD01_Hydrophylax maritima_Flora of Odisha]: (9 pictures as attachments)
Habitat: Coastal sea bed
Place of collection: Devi river mouth, Astaranga, East coast, Odisha
Descriotion: Succulent herb with creeping stems. Leaves fleshy, obovate, ovate or ovate-oblong.Fls. lilac. Fruit oblong-ovoid, crowned with enlarged calyx lobes.
Nice upload … I liked the photograph showing Habitat. It gives clear picture about the Habitat.
Hydrophylax maritima :: Chilika islands :: 13 JAN 2019 : 8 posts by 5 authors. 7 images.
Date: January 13, 2019 … Altitude: about sea level
Hydrophylax maritima L.f. … … family: Rubiaceae
Thank you so much … for sharing:
Does this plant by any chance been given a name by locals in Andhra or Telangana?
I was not able to find any.
I have no idea. It is found in our area also.
Names of Plants in India :: Hydrophylax maritima L.f. : 1 post by 1 author. 1 image.
a succulent for i.d. – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 4 posts by 2 authors.
Could it be Sea Purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum), commonly found on sea-shores- Flowers of India
Check out other images on the web.
(just got a thought from … s reply against … mail today)
It is not a Sesuvium. It is more likely a Mesembrianthemum, as … suggested.
Hydrophylax maritima, Rubiaceae member,