Salsola kali L. subsp. ruthenica (Iljin) Soó


Genus: Salsola

Catalan common name: Barrella. Barrella borda. Barrella espinosa. Capitana. Espinadella. Salat. Sosa.

Spanish common name: Barrilla pinchosa. Hierba del cristal. Hierba del jabón. Pincho.

Province distribution: Balearic Islands.

Distribution in the islands: Mallorca. Menorca. Ibiza. Formentera.

IUCN Category: LCLeast concern

Life-forms: Terophyte.

Habitats: Beaches and dunes, sandy soils. Beaches and dunes, sandy soils. Disturbed areas near the sea.

Characteristics: A plant that looks like a small spiny bush lives along beaches or in degraded zones. Leaves are stiff, succulent and end in a leaf spine, the entire plant is green in colour, although when it dies, its dried remains can also be found along the ground. Subspecies ruthenica differs from subspecies kali, as the former doesn't have while the latter does have hairs.