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Armeria maritima

Armeria maritima

Also known as thrift or sea pink this plant can be found in many habitats. It does especially well in high stress places like salt marshes, the tops of cliffs and splash zones. You might have ornamental domesticated versions in your rockery. It has salt glands on its leaves and a deep root system and it is tolerant of grazing. The roots have a tissue called aerenchyma. This has cells with big air spaces between them so that oxygen can diffuse down from the upper layers. The deeper roots may be in a low oxygen or even anoxic (no oxygen) environment.

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