Irish wildflowers

Sea-buckthorn, Hippophae rhamnoides, Draighean mara
Photos: Courtmacsherry, Co.Cork

Hippophae rhamnoides
Draighean mara
Family: Elaeagnaceae

Flowering March-April, fruiting September. Deciduous shrub. Introduced.

Tiny green flowers, 2 sepals, no petals. Followed by orange berries. Narrow leaves covered with silvery-brown scales. Dense branches with strong spikes. Self-seeds, also spreads rapidly by suckers. Can form dense thickets. Height 1-3m.

Coastal on sandy ground, cliffs and dunes. Planted to stabilise loose dunes, now naturalised in some areas and can be a threat to native vegetation.

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