Halocnemum

Halocnemum

 

a genus of plants of the family Chenopodiaceae (goosefoot) containing a single species—H. strobilaceum. The plants are procumbent, strongly branched shrubs measuring up to 50 cm tall. The young shoots, which are fleshy and segmented, have barely developed scalelike leaves. The bisexual flowers are in groups of two or three in the axils of the empty glumes. The perianth is three-lobed and whitish. The one-seeded fruit is indehiscent and enclosed in the perianth.

Halocnemum is distributed in the Mediterranean region, the southern European USSR, the Caucasus, southwestern Siberia, Southwest Asia, Middle Asia, and the northwestern part of Central Asia. The plant is a. halophyte that often forms extensive thickets on solonchaks, salinated shores of seas and lakes, and solonchak lowlands. In the autumn and winter it serves as forage for camels and, to a lesser extent, for sheep and goats. The plant is sometimes used as fuel.

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The species of Amaranthaceae (conserved name according to Stevens, 2001 onwards) are very frequent in the supra-littoral vegetation of the European coasts and in saltpans (Anabasis, Arthrocnemum, Halocnemum, Salicornia, Salsola, Sarcocornia, Suaeda, etc.
En algunos tramos aparecen criptohumedales con quenopodiaceas perennes arbustivas, como Sarcocornia fruticosa, Arthrocnemum macrostachyum y Halocnemum strobilaceum (Caballero et al.
In Tunisia, its larvae are known to fashion silken tubes on a different saltbush, Halocnemum strobilaceum (Chenopodiaceae), which are similar to those observed on Tetraena.
Las estepas ocupan regiones de en torno a 500 de latitud norte de Europa oriental, en las llanuras Panonica --donde recibe el nombre de Puszta-- y Pontica, al este de los Carpatos, hasta el mar Negro y la zona semidesertica de la depresion caspiana, en la que los suelos zonales son salinos y la vegetacion halofila (Salicornia, Halocnemum, Sueada, Limonium, etc.
The solonchak deserts found in different regions of Earth are characterized by the presence of chenopodiaceous subshrubs of the genera Halocnemum, Halostachys, and Kalidium.
macrostachyum in the phytocoenoses of Oropos, and Halocnemum strobilaceum was found in the phytocoenoses of the Spercheios River Delta (Table 5).