Halophilous Cliffs
Isabel Fagundes

In Berlengas the cliffs have an intense exposure to wind and are often splashed by the sea water. The plant species that grow in these locations are typically tolerant to high levels of salt spray. On the cliffs with vegetation of the Atlantic and Baltic Coasts it can be found, in the granite cracks, species like Chritmum maritimum, Suaeda veraand even the endemic Armeria berlengensis. The annual vegetation of Atlantic costal cliffs also includes the Cochlearia danica and Sagina maritima, with the latter occurring only in Farilhão Grande. In the mediterranean and termoatlantic scrub prevails the Suaeda vera which mainly occurs in heavily exposed cliffs and soil enriched with nitrates from gull faeces.