Sesuvium portulacastrum (PROSEA)

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Sesuvium portulacastrum (L.) L.

Family: Aizoaceae

Vernacular names

  • Samphire, seaside purslane (En)
  • Pourpier maritime (Fr)
  • Indonesia: gelang pasir, gelang laut (Java), karokot (Madura)
  • Malaysia: gelang laut, sepit
  • Philippines: dampalit (Tagolog), bilang-bilang (Bisaya), kokobarangka (Tagbanua)
  • Cambodia: 'ânluëk preah
  • Thailand: phakbia-thale (central), phaengphuai-thale (southern)
  • Vietnam: hải châu, phiên hạch.




The very salty plants can be eaten after repeated boiling in fresh water.


  • Creeping, succulent, perennial herb, up to about 80 cm long.
  • Stems often reddish and rooting at the nodes.
  • Leaves narrow and fleshy, linear-lanceolate, 1-7 cm × 0.6-1.5 cm.
  • Flowers with numerous pinkish filaments.

On seashores and in tidal mud.

Selected sources

7, 13, 33, 66, 91.