Annual herb from a taproot; stems decumbent to erect, solitary, freely branched from the base, 20-50 cm tall/long.
Stem leaves alternate, fleshy, glaucous, narrow and rounded, 1-3 cm long, reduced gradually during flowering, upper leaves reduced, scarcely 5 mm long.
Inflorescence of small, stalkless, greenish flowers, solitary in the axils of the bracts; calyx lobes unequal, 1 or more becoming keeled or crested.
Thin, papery-walled, membranous envelopes; seeds horizontal, black, smooth or fine wrinkled, 1.0-1.7 mm wide.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(1), IDF(18), PP(10), SBPS(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Dondia depressa auct. non (Pursh) Britt. [misapplied]
Schoberia occidentalis S. Wats.
Suaeda americana (Pers.) Fernald
Suaeda depressa auct. non (Pursh) S. Watson
Suaeda depressa var. erecta S. Wats.
Suaeda maritima var. americana (Pers.) B. Boivin
Suaeda minutiflora S. Wats.
Suaeda occidentalis (S. Wats.) S. Wats.