Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Glaux maritima L.
- Family: Primrose (Primulaceae)
- Flowering: May-July
- Field Marks: This small, succulent perennial is distinguished by its solitary axillary, sessile flowers with 5 petal-like sepals and no petals.
- Habitat: Salt marshes.
- Habit: Perennial herb with slender rootstocks.
- Stems: Upright, branched or unbranched, succulent, up to 8 inches tall, smooth.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, fleshy, linear to oblong, up to 1/2 inch long, pointed or rounded at the tip, tapering to the sessile base, smooth, without teeth.
- Flowers: Solitary in the axils of the leaves, sessile.
- Sepals: 5, united below, lavender to white, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules ovoid to nearly spherical, up to 1/8 inch long, smooth, with several
flattened, brown, pitted seeds.
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