Salsola kali saltwort Chenopodiaceae SAKA2*; Bx, pb; Q, j, rb; R, c;

 

Salsola kali

Salsola kali.Luigi Rignanese.luirig.altervista.org. (Accessed 5/2014).

Salsola kali is an annual, C4 herb (Jacobs 2001), to 40 cm tall, usually bristly-hairy, stems diffusely branching from base, prostrate to reclining. 

Leaves alternate, fleshy, almost cylindrical to 3 cm long, 0.2 cm wide, upper leaves small, spine tipped bracts. 

Salsola kali.USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions.

Salsola kali.USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 Vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 2. (Accessed 5/2014).

Flowers tiny, green membranous, no petals, calyx, deeply 5-lobed, stiff, midvein extended as spine; bracts of inflorescence spine-tipped. 

Fruit dry, whitish, appearing flower-like,1-seeded, enclosed in old calyx; calyx lobes united over fruit tips forming a small beak, and a circular wing, wing edge deeply cleft, and irregular, to 0.6 cm wide; closely surrounding a seed that is coiled, snail-like; blooming and fruiting July-Oct. Seeds eaten by birds, plants and seeds eaten by some mammals (Martin et al. 1951). 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Beach dunes, above high tide line.