Cakile edentula is an annual herb, 10-80 cm tall, fleshy, stems jointed, branching.
Leaves fleshy, spatula-shaped, widest above middle, narrowed to base, few rounded teeth.
Flowers Pale purple to white, 0.5 cm wide, 4-parted, cross-shaped; blooming June-Oct.
Fruit green, fleshy, jointed transversely, top part rounded with pointed tip, usually larger than lower part, lower part top-shaped, to 0.8 cm, persistent into winter, upper part 1-seeded, lower part 1-0 seeds; fruiting Aug.-Nov.
Wetland status: FACU.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.
Habitat: Upper beach, between dune and mean high water, behind wrack line. Salt tolerant.