Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Salicornia pacifica

Distribution: Along the coast in Washington; Alaska to Baja California.

Habitat: Salt marshes and beaches along coast.

Flowers: June-October

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

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.

Identification Notes:

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.

Accepted Name:
Salicornia pacifica Standl.
Publication: N. Amer. Fl. 21: 83. 1916. 1916.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Salicornia perennis Mill., Misapplied in western North America
Sarcocornia pacifica (Standl.) A.J. Scott [FNA4]
Sarcocornia perennis (Mill.) A.J. Scott, Misapplied in western North America
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Salicornia pacifica in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Salicornia pacifica checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Salicornia pacifica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Salicornia pacifica photos.

USDA Plants: Salicornia pacifica information.

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