Soutbossie or Salt marsh succulent

Latin Name

Bassia diffusa - was classified as Chenolea diffusa with some still using this classification.


The soutbossie grows in sandy beach regions just above the high tide mark and along estuarine shores in South Africa.


In South Africa, the soutbossie is identified by its short underground stems and upright branches that are surrounded by green-grey coloured succulent velvety leaves. Size: 10 cm.

Field Notes

Soutbossie derives its name from the Afrikaans language in South Africa, which translates as the ‘little saltbush’, as it found along estuarine shores.