Distribution: Along the coast in Washington; Alaska south to Baja California, also on Atlantic coast, Europe, and Mediterranean region.
Habitat: Salt marshes and beaches along coast.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial matted herb with fleshy oppositely branched stems to 30 cm tall from slender rhizomes.
Apparently absent, but actually reduced to minute opposite scales.
Tiny, inconspicuous, in groups of 3, at ends of stems in 1-4 cm long spikes tinged with brown, purple, or pink.
Small flattened seeds surrounded by a slightly inflated papery pericarp and fleshy perianth parts.
The perennial rhizomatous habit separates this species from other Salicornia species in our area. Suada maritima also grows in saltmarshes but has alternate leaves not reduced to scales.
The fleshy plants are edible, tasting somewhat like a salty pickle.