Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Suaeda depressa (Pursh) S. Wats.
- Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)
- Flowering: July-October
- Field Marks: Suaeda differs from other members of the goosefoot family by the absence of spines and its usually perfect flowers subtended by very small bracts. This species differs from other species of Suaeda by its annual habit a
- Habitat: Damp saline or alkaline soils.
- Habit: Annual herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Upright to spreading, branched or unbranched, up to 2 feet long, smooth, usually bluish.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, linear, up to nearly 2 inches long, up to 1/6 inch wide, much smaller near the inflorescence, smooth, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Flowers: Small, green, crowded into slender spikes, each flower in the axil of a bract; bracts broadly lanceolate, smooth, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Sepals: 5, green, deeply divided, unequal in size and shape, up to 1/12 inch long.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; stigmas 2-5.
- Fruits: Fruits flattened, surrounded by the persistent sepals; seeds black, somewhat veiny, about 1/20 inch long.
- Notes: Although the map shows a dot for Illinois and Mississippi, this species is not native in those states.
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