Suaeda calceoliformis  (S. occidentalis; Dondia depressa) Pursh seepweed; plains sea-blite Chenopodiaceae SUCA(*); Bx, pb; Q, j; K;

Suaeda calceoliformis.commons.wikimedia.org

Suaeda calceoliformis.commons.wikimedia.org. (Accessed 5/2014).

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. 

Suaeda calceoliformis.close-up.commons.wikimedia.org

Suaeda calceoliformis.close-up.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 3/2017).

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.