Estuary sea-blite is a glabrous, generally glaucous
yellow-green to reddish perennial or subshrub growing to about 2' high.
Often weedy at the base, the stems are decumbent to erect. The
alternate leaves are sessile, ascending, linear-lanceolate and greenish,
and the adaxial or upper surfaces are ± flat. The inflorescences
are clusters mainly in the upper leaf axils with 3-5 flowers in each
cluster. The flowers are bisexual, very small, with the calyx
lobes keeled and distally hooded. There are 2-3 glabrous linear
stigmas. The seeds come in two different forms, one convex on
both sides and black to reddish, and the other flat and dull brown.
Estuary sea-blite is an uncommon taxon found in low coastal salt
marshes along the South Coast, blooming in late summer and fall. These
pictures were taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Suaeda 2)
Pronunciation: soo-EE-da es-ter-OH-a.
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