Origin: NL, fr. L. Salsus salt, because they contain alkaline salts.
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... can't see that? :( But, since someone mentioned about "dead grass" it brings my mind to TUMBLEWEED, which one of its well-known gebus is Salsola http://z.about.com/d/phoenix/1/0/r/K/tumbleweeds01.jpg For your note, it is NOT seeweed, it is Angiosperm-Magnoliophyta :) @Volvox: ...
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