This species grows on the shores of the Black Sea Coast, in a few southern and one northern area. (The fact that it doesn't grow in between is rather curious). It has also been impacted by the anthropic activity that reduced the Romanian maritime habitats since 1950, but it may be protected by the fact that it has bitter, inedible fruits and arguably small and unassuming flowers.

08.08.2009 CT

Monoecious perennial plant, rather fleshy; procumbent, hairy stems. Leaves undulate; margins entire to denticulate or sometimes shallowly lobed. Female flowers larger, solitary; male flowers smaller, in racemes; greenish-yellow. Fruit hispid, explosively dehiscent.

26.07.2010 CT

Erect, hispid stems; cordate, hairy leaves (more so on the back) and sepals.

The plants shown here grow on sand with a stony substrate mixed with a variable amount of clay.

Fruit is a dehiscent capsule with numerous seeds.

17.09.2010 CT

Flowers still present in late September.

E+M #  |  FEU Southern and southeastern Europe. Central and southwestern Russia; Ukraine.