E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Salicornia depressa Standl.
maritime glasswort (slender grasswort)
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems decumbent to erect, solitary, simple to freely branched, 5-50 cm tall/long, glabrous, fleshy, often reddish with age.
Stem leaves reduced to opposite, scalelike, fused bracts; lower scales slightly spreading, obtuse to rounded.
Inflorescence of fleshy spikes, the flowers sunken in depressions of the joints just above the axils and opposite the fused bracts, the joints of the spike 2.5-4 (rarely 2) mm long and half as thick as the spikes; flowers in groups of 3, central flowers in each cluster much exceeding the lateral ones; spikes 2-5 cm long.
Thin, papery-walled, membranous bladders enclosed by spongy flower scales, egg- to diamond-shaped; seeds 1 per bladder.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet salt marshes, shorelines and saline and alkaline flats in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; infrequent in S BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to GA, KS, NV and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Salicornia europaea sensu Wolff & Jefferies, non L.
Salicornia europaea auct. non L.
Salicornia europaea subsp. europaea
Salicornia europaea var. pachystachya (W.D.J. Koch) Fernald
Salicornia europaea var. prostrata auct. non (Pallas) Fern. [misapplied]
Salicornia europaea var. simplex (Pursh) Fernald
Salicornia herbacea auct. non (L.) L.
Salicornia maritima Wolff & Jefferies
Salicornia maritima Wolff & Jefferies
Salicornia prostrata auct. non Pall.
Salicornia ramosissima auct. non J. Woods
Salicornia virginica L.

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