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Sea purslane is an exception to the goosefoot family rule. It is a perennial and not an annual like most of the other family members found in the Netherlands. Don't confuse this plant with sea sandwort, which some people call sea purslane. Sea purslane is a common plant, dependent upon a silty environment. It grows predominantly on the seaside of dikes. A very thick vegetation of sea purslane can form on the high ridges in the marshes. If the plant is under water for a long time during periods of prolonged floods, it will lose lots of its leaves which remain behind in the flood mark.

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