Suaeda linearis annual seepweed; southern sea-blite Chenopodiaceae SULI; Bx, pb; Q, dp; K, fl, pl; R, c, pr;

 

Suaeda linearis.Marilee Lovit.New England Wild Flower.Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Suaeda linearis. Copyright © 2014 Marilee Lovit.New England Wild Flower.Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Suaeda linearis is an annual C3 herb (Jacobs 2001), to 80 cm tall (usually less), much branched, stems erect. 

Leaves alternate, linear, to 4 cm long, thick, fleshy, dark green, tip sharply pointed, becoming progressively smaller and appressed to stem on branches above. 

Flowers green, to 0.2 cm, calyx 5-lobed, lobes narrowly keeled leafy bracts to 0.7 cm long, 0.2 cm wide; inflorescence of spikes on upper third of plant; blooms July.-Oct. 

Suaeda linearis.close-up.Scientific Research Computing.Stephen F. Austin State University.src.sfasu.edu

Suaeda linearis.close-up.Scientific Research Computing.Stephen F. Austin State University.src.sfasu.edu (Accessed 3/2017).

Fruit dry, 1-seeded, enclosed in old calyx, wider than tall, seeds 0.1 cm wide, shiny blackish; fruits Sept.-Nov (Hough 1983). Seeds eaten by birds (Silberhorn 1982). 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: High salt marsh.