Suaeda calceoliformis is an annual C3 herb (Jacobs 2001), to 80 cm tall, branched from base.
Leaves alternate, linear, fleshy, thick, widest at base, the largest to 4 cm long, leaves of branches much shorter.
Flowers green, tiny, no petals, calyx 5-lobed, lobes to 0.2 cm, unequal, 1-3 hooded; inflorescence of dense spikes dense, bracts to 0.6 cm, wider than leaves; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruit dry, 1 seeded, enclosed in old calyx; seed 0.1 m wide.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Origin: Western and Midwestern N. America.
Habitat: Saline or alkaline soil, in open areas.