Batis maritima, the saltwort or beachwort, is a halophyte. It is also known as turtleweed, pickleweed, barilla, planta de sal, camphire, herbe-à-crâbes, and akulikuli-kai. It is a C3-Plant, long-lived perennial, dioecious, succulent shrub. The plant forms dense colonies in salt marshes, brackish marshes, and mangrove swamps and frequently is found on the margins of saltpans and wind-tidal flats. Batis maritima is a pioneer plant, covers quickly areas where hurricanes have destroyed the natural vegetation.
So far, Batis maritima has not been used commercially for food production but the seeds have a high oil content with high nutritional value.
Clade: Core Eudicots/Rosids
Species: Batis maritima