Eutrema salsugineum (Pallas) Al-Shehbaz & Warwick
saltwater cress
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Eutrema salsugineum
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Species Information

Annual or biennial herb from a slender taproot; stems single, 5-20 cm tall, simple or usually branched, glabrous throughout.
Basal leaves few, egg-shaped, 5-25 mm long, entire or with 1-2 wide teeth, stalked; stem leaves many, oblong to egg-shaped, 5-20 mm long, 3-10 mm wide, obtuse, entire, clasping with ear-like lobes at the base.
Inflorescences dense, few-flowered, elongating in fruit; flower stalks ascending, 3-7 mm long, slender, straight; petals white, 2-3.5 mm long, egg-shaped to spoon-shaped; sepals yellowish to purplish, papery-margined, 1.5-2 mm long, erect, without pouches.
Siliques, ascending, 1-2 cm long, about 0.8 mm wide, straight or slightly curved, almost round in cross section; beaks 0.1-0.2 mm long; seeds in 1 row, plump, oblong, about 0.6 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Dry saline lakes and meadows in the montane zone; rare in SE BC; amphiberingian, N to YT and NT, E to MB and S to CO; Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Arabidopsis salsuginea (Pallas) N. Busch
Hesperis salsuginea (Pallas) Kuntze
Pilosella glauca (Nuttall) Rydberg
Sisymbrium salsugineum Pallas
Stenophragma salsugineum (Pallas) Prantl
Thellungiella salsuginea (Pall.) O.E. Schulz
Thelypodium salsugineum (Pallas) B. L. Robinson