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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General:
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.
Leaves:
Stem leaves reduced to opposite, scalelike, fused bracts; lower scales slightly spreading, obtuse to rounded.
Flowers:
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.
Fruits:
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

Climate

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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