Suaeda maritima is an annual, C3 herb (Jacobs 2001), to 50 cm prostrate to ascending, main stem and branches often faintly striped.
Leaves alternate, fleshy, almost cylindrical, flattened above, linear, pale waxy green, to 5 cm long, 0.3 cm wide, becoming smaller upwards and on branches.
Flowers tiny, green, calyx 5-parted, lobes round-backed; inflorescence of short, dense axillary spikes; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruit dry, 1-seeded, enclosed in 5-parted calyx, 0.3 cm, seeds black; fruits Sept.-Nov.
Wetland status: OBL.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.
Habitat: High salt marsh or upper low marshes Notes Often found with Salicornia. Suaeda is paler, leafier and has alternate leaves and branches.