glasswort vs samphire what difference

what is difference between glasswort and samphire



glass +‎ wort


glasswort (countable and uncountable, plural glassworts)

  1. Any plant of the salt-tolerant genus Salicornia, once burned to produce the ash used to make soda glass.
  2. Other salt-tolerant plants, especially those used to produce such ash.
    1. Species of the European genus Sarcocornia
    2. Species of the Australian genus Tecticornia
    3. Arthrocnemum subterminale (Parish’s glasswort)
    4. Eriogonum salicornioides (glasswort buckwheat)
    5. Kali turgida, formerly Salsola kali
  3. Other salt-tolerant plants, called samphire.
    1. rock samphire (Crithmum maritimum)
    2. golden samphire (Inula crithmoides, now Limbarda crithmoides)


  • (Salicornia): marsh samphire

Derived terms

  • American glasswort (Salicornia virginica)
  • bead glasswort (Tecticornia flabelliformis)
  • beaded glasswort (Sarcocornia quinqueflora)
  • blackseed glasswort (Tecticornia pergranulata)
  • common glasswort (Salicornia europaea)
  • dwarf glasswort (Salicornia bigelovii)
  • glasswort buckwheat (Eriogonum salicornioides)
  • jointed glasswort (Salicornia)
  • Pacific glasswort (Sarcocornia pacifica)
  • Parish’s glasswort (Arthrocnemum subterminale)
  • perennial glasswort (Sarcocornia perennis)
  • prickly glasswort (Kali turgida)
  • purple glasswort (Salicornia ramosissima)
  • shrubby glasswort (Tecticornia arbuscula)
  • slender glasswort (Salicornia maritima)
  • thick-head glasswort (Sarcocornia blackiana)
  • Virginia glasswort (Salicornia virginica)
  • woody glasswort (Salicornia virginica)




Originally sampiere, from French Saint Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen who often harvested the plant.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsæm.faɪ.ə(ɹ)/, /ˈsæm.fə(ɹ)/


samphire (countable and uncountable, plural samphires)

  1. One of several salt-tolerant plants, some edible
    1. Marsh samphire, glasswort (genus Salicornia), a plant once burned to produce ash used to make soda glass.
    2. Rock samphire (Crithmum maritimum).
    3. Golden samphire (Inula crithmoides, now Limbarda crithmoides).
    4. Borrichia arborescens of the West Indies.
    5. Plants of genus Sarcocornia
    6. Plants of genus Tecticornia


  • pesharim, seraphim

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