|Scientific name||Honckenya peploides – Beta vulgaris strandline community|
|Common name||Sea Sandwort – Sea Beet strandline community|
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A covering of the short, regular shoots of Honckenya peploides is the key diagnostic of this community. No other plants are constant or even frequent, but Beta vulgaris and Tripleurospermum maritimum are occasional. A range of other species are less frequently found here.
The Honckenya peploides – Beta vulgaris community is found along sandy or shingly driftlines of the high water mark and on shingle banks.
No sub-communities are described.
The abundance of Honckenya peploides serves to distinguish this community from other strandline types.
Where this species-poor vegetation occurs along sandy or shingly driftlines, it corresponds with EU HD Annex I habitat 1210 Drift lines. Where it occurs on elevated ridges or banks of shingle above the high tide mark, it instead corresponds with habitat 1220 Vegetated shingle. It supports the rare species Crambe maritima.
This is unstable and dynamic habitat that does not require active management. It is threatened, however, by recreational pressure, mechanical beach cleaning and the creation of coastal defences which can interfere with sediment dynamics.