Plant and Soil

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 261–268

NaCl effects on growth and transpiration inSalicornia bigelovii a salt-marsh halophyte

  • Kenneth L. Webb

DOI: 10.1007/BF02232902

Cite this article as:
Webb, K.L. Plant Soil (1966) 24: 261. doi:10.1007/BF02232902


Growth of the annualSalicornia bigelovii Torr. was found to be optimum at about 1 per cent NaCl or somewhat less than is usually reported forSalicornia herbacea L. Extremely poor survival occurs with NaCl concentrations below 0.5 per cent. Growth inhibition at NaCl concentrations above optimum seem to be more severe for root growth than for shoot growth. No effect of NaCl on succulence inS. bigelovii was detected. Transpiration on a fresh weight basis is significantly reduced at NaCl concentrations above that for optimum growth. Possible sites of NaCl action on conductivity to water are discussed.

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© Martinus Nijhoff 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth L. Webb
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Georgia Marine InstituteSapelo IslandUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Inst. of Marine ScienceGloucester PointUSA

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