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This Rock Samphire, was photographed on the rocks at Kilmurvey Beach on Inishmore in the Aran Islands.
Rock Samphire is a perennial herb. Its leaves are succulent and antler-like. It is edible – commonly known as “Poor Man’s Asparagus”. In the 19th century it was exported from the Aran Islands in large quantities to be used in pickles.
The fleshy stalks have wide umbels of yellow-green flowers. It flowers from June to September.
It grows on the seashore and seems to thrive in any location where there is a salty sea spray. Hence its name derives from the biblical fisherman, St. Peter. “Samphire” comes from the French name for the plant, “Herbe de Saint Pierre”.
Its botanical name is: “Crithmum Maritimum”.
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Image Mode: Raw
Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoom (at 70mm),
Camera: Canon 5d MkII
Exposure: f10 1/160