General: Perennial fleshy herb from a shallow rhizome, smooth and often glaucous throughout; stems ascending-erect, several, branched from below, 3-30 cm tall, leafy to the tip.
Leaves: Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves crowded, opposite below and alternate above, unstalked, egg-shaped to oblong, 1.5-10 mm long, 5-25 mm wide, jointed at the bases, blunt to barely pointy-tipped.
Flowers: Inflorescence of small, inconspicuous, solitary, axillary, unstalked to stalked flowers; corollas membranous and much shorter than the calyces or lacking; calyces cup-shaped, 4-5 mm long, white or pinkish, 5-lobed, the lobes petal-like, egg-shaped, about equalling the tubes; stamens 5, alternate with the calyx lobes.
Fruits: Capsules, about 2.5 mm long, opening by valves the full length; seeds several, flattened, shed with the placenta as a unit.
Notes: Two subspecies occur in BC:
1. Leaves egg-shaped to oblong, length to width ratios of more than 3.25, rounded at the tips; habit more or less erect; plants strictly coastal..................... ssp. obtusifolia (Fern.) Boivin
1. Leaves narrower, length to width ratios of 3.0 or less, pointed at the tips; habit more or less prostrate; plants of NC and E BC...................... ssp. maritima
Tideflats, coastal marshes and beaches, interior alkaline marshes and wet meadows in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in coastal, NC and E BC, less frequent elsewhere; circumpolar, widespread in arctic and temperate NA; Eurasia.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2017. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed:
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