Page authors: Don Knoke, David Giblin
Salicornia pacifica
Specimens
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Distribution: Along the coast in Washington; Alaska to Baja California.

Habitat: Salt marshes and beaches along coast.

Flowers: June-October

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Perennial matted herb with fleshy oppositely branched stems to 30 cm tall from slender rhizomes.

Leaves:

Apparently absent, but actually reduced to minute opposite scales.

Flowers:

Tiny, inconspicuous, in groups of 3, at ends of stems in 1-4 cm long spikes tinged with brown, purple, or pink.

Fruits:

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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