Suaeda californica

S. Watson

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 9: 89. 1874.

Common names: California sea-blite
EndemicConservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 396. Mentioned on page 395.

Shrubs, moundlike, 3–8 dm. Stems decumbent, woody stems dull gray-brown, herbaceous stems pale green or reddish, highly branched, glabrous or sparsely villous with scattered trichomes, leaf-scars on woody stems knobby; branches spreading. Leaves ascending, subsessile, ± imbricate; petiole ± 1 mm; blade green, usually not glaucous, ± lanceolate, subcylindric to flattened, 5–35 × 1–2.5 mm, apex acute, glabrous or with scattered marginal trichomes. Glomes distributed throughout plant on branches, 1–5-flowered; branches 2–4 mm diam.; bracts densely imbricate at branch tips, similar in shape and size to leaves. Flowers bisexual or lateral pistillate; perianth 2–3 mm diam.; perianth segments proximally connate, glabrous; ovary without obvious distal necklike extension; stigmas 3. Seeds horizontal or vertical, 1.5–2 mm; seed-coat black.


Phenology: Flowering late summer–fall.
Habitat: Intertidal margins of coastal salt marshes
Elevation: 1-10 m

Discussion

Suaeda californica is an endangered species with a current distribution only on the margins of Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County and a re-established colony in San Francisco Bay.

of conservation concern

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.
... more about "Suaeda californica"
with scattered marginal trichomes +  and glabrous +
Wayne R. Ferren Jr. +  and H. Jochen Schenk +
S. Watson +
slippery +
aromatic +
narrowed +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (3.5 cm35 mm <br />0.035 m <br />) +
subcylindric +  and flattened +
1mm;2.5mm +
persistent +  and deciduous +
reddish-brown +, black +, brown +  and green +
ovate +  and lanceolate +
0 cm0 mm <br />0 m <br /> (0.15 cm1.5 mm <br />0.0015 m <br />) +
0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br /> (0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br />) +
California sea-blite +
1-10 m +
1 +  and 12 +
1-5-flowered +
distributed +
Intertidal margins of coastal salt marshes +
not winged +  and winged +
laciniate +  and entire +
inferior +, half-inferior +  and superior +
vase--shaped +, lanceoloid +  and ovoid +
crassinucellate +  and bitegmic +
campylotropous +
1 +  and single +
0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br /> (0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br />) +
globose +  and oblong +
nonadherent +  and adherent +
membranous +  and ceraceous +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (?) +
Flowering late summer–fall. +
Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts +
pointing +  and ascending +
basal +, median +  and position +
dark-green +
bulbous +  and taprooted +
fusiform +
fleshy +  and fibrous +
papillate +  and reticulate +
vertical +  and horizontal +
lenticular +
Endemic +  and Conservation concern +
cylindric +
opposite +  and alternate +
reddish +, pale green +  and gray-brown +
prostrate +  and erect +
on short style +  and subsessile +
pilose-papillate +
filiform +  and lanceolate +
sessile +  and petiolate +
reduced;small +
horizontal +  and vertical +
verrucate +
Suaeda californica +
Suaeda sect. Limbogermen +
species +
perennial +  and annual +
villous +, tomentulose +, puberulent +, with scattered trichomes +  and glabrous +
polygamous +, dioecious +  and monoecious +